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Coping with Your Child’s Drug Addiction

An opiate addict can change not only his life but the life of others as well. It doesn’t only change the person negatively in many ways, it also affects others, his friends and his family just as badly. You can feel the effects when a child suffers from addiction. You can hear it in conversations, it affects finances, and many other aspects of life. When a child suffers from opiate addiction, the people close to him suffer as well and have a difficult time bearing the reality. Many parents become hopeless for their loved ones, but while he is still alive there is still much hope for him.

Parents have a great responsibility in helping their children avoid drug addiction. One of the ways is to be able to say no or stop them for this addiction. The way parents are not helping their children is when they continue giving them money despite knowing that they are buying drugs with it. Encourage your child to go to a opiate rehab or a treatment program instead of giving them money to encourage their opiate use. You cannot be doing something that will encourage that addiction and expect them to stop at the same time. This will be ineffective, you cannot continue encouraging and stopping them at the same time. Children get angry with their parents when they are not given money to continue their addiction. If they are not given money, they lash out. If you give them ways to sustain their addiction then, in effect, you are signing their death warrant.

Make sure that when you encourage them to go to an opiate rehab that you will also assure them of your support for their recovery. Someone who is an addict to opiate will not easily believe this especially if you have already cut them off from receiving money and benefits that will enable them to purchase these drugs. Even if they don’t believe it, don’t stop giving assurance of your support if they agree to go to an opiate rehab. Parents should also have their own support. While you child is in rehab, you also need support which you can have from your local organizations that specializes in this or with your own family members, a family-based support structure that you will badly need.

IF an opiate addict refuses rehab, there are three possibilities that can happen to him. Many individuals have resorted to crime just so to have money to buy drugs. It is wrong to feel guilty when you stopped giving them money. Many opiate users resort to overdose. The third possibility is that the opiate addict will die of overdoes, unless treated immediately. These real possibilities are difficult to accept but you need to cope realistically with these struggles.