Drug addiction is something that is not easy to face. As a mother, as a parent, it is equally difficult to face the realization that this is something your child has to deal with. Here are the roles that parents will need to take on to help their children overcome drug addiction.
Prevention and Teaching
As parents, you are the first role models that your children will be exposed to. The best thing that you can do for helping your children with drug addiction is through prevention and teaching. Providing your children with the knowledge and understanding of the dangers and negatives of drug use will be a lot more effective in combating drug problems in the future. It is a lot easier to invest in the time and energy for prevention methods than it is to provide assistance after they have already become addicted.
Seeing the Signs
Of course, prevention is not always easy and children don’t always see their parents as their ideal role models forever. Every child has a certain stage in their life where they decide to rebel and consider their peers as more influential. At these stages, it is the role of a mother or a parent to be mindful and watchful of their child’s behaviors, friends, and their changes. Although you want to give your child space and allow them to make their own mistakes, you still want to be involved and have a window into their lives because it is easy to spiral out of control. You want to be able to see any signs of drug use or addiction because, by the time a user becomes addicted, especially to stronger and more dangerous drugs, it is oftentimes too late or very hard to come back from it. Make sure that you are not blinded by the fact that this is your child and be aware of any changes.
As a parent, you will be the person that a child will turn to when they need help. If your child decides they need to come clean and seek help, you will be the first person they usually seek to help get them that assistance and care. In this situation, it is important that you keep a balanced and level-headedness about yourself and your composure in order to respond. For many, the situation will be unfamiliar and this website acts as a great resource providing a lot of information about drug addiction. You want to ensure that you show your concern but also stress the importance of getting help. Responding with only anger will only deter your children from coming to you in future times of crisis while responding with little urgency or severity, and consoling your children will give the impression that you will always be there no matter if they decide to change or not and continue substance abuse. Assure them you are going to help them on their next steps to recovery.
Providing constant support is an important job and if your child is trying to overcome their drug addiction, you will need to play that role. Drugs have a way of alienating others and their circles of friends may struggle to accept or help with the changes that are occurring in your child’s life. The one thing that won’t change is the fact that this is your child and you are blood-related. Having a support system is very important for anyone to overcome drug addiction. They may need help with things such as getting to meetings or appointments, picking up medications, or keeping schedules and routines that will help with their recovery journey. If you are able to assist them with these without them becoming dependent at the same time will go a long way with their rehabilitation.
A Mother Above All Else
At the end of the day, the biggest role you will play in a child’s struggle to overcome drug addiction is being their mother. There is a balance with all things and as much as you put on different hats of being a driver, a nurse, a nutritionist, an advisor, or counselor, you have to remember that you are their mother and no other job is more important. You want to make sure that you are not being taken advantage of or that your efforts are not being taken for granted. There is nothing easy about being a mother to a child facing drug addiction, but you are their mother regardless. You can leave other roles, but you will always be their mother.
There are many different roles that you will play as a parent, and many different tasks you will also have to deal with. It will feel as if you are battling addiction together, and in doing so, the journey and success are shared in this fight. Remember to also prioritize your own health and well being as it will be a draining one.