We often talk about teen drug abuse as well as those who are high-functioning addicts. However, what we don’t often discuss is that parents may have addiction issues too. There are households with addicted parents and this can result to dysfunction.
The thing is, addiction can develop in everyone. It doesn’t choose you because of your gender, social status, economic status, or job. It can affect even parents.
If you’re a child of an addicted parent, it can be difficult. You may find yourselves switching roles: the child becomes the more responsible care giver, looking after the addicted parent. But how can you help your parent?
First: Recognize Addiction
To help someone with addiction, you must first know for sure that it’s addiction. There are warning signs to look out for and you must educate yourself about the types of illegal drugs and the effects that each could bring.
Some general signs of addiction may include the following:
- rapid mood changes
- erratic behavior
- irritability and restlessness
- glassy eyes
- shaking hands
- flushed face and neck
- change in sleeping habits
- change in eating habits
These signs can be associated with other conditions as well, so you must be careful. If you find drug paraphernalia and even drugs in their possession or in their rooms, then that is another strong red flag.
Talk to a Trusted Support System
If you suspect that you have addicted parents, it helps to talk to someone you can trust. Whether they are family members, relatives, or friends, they may share with you advice, or at least a shoulder to lean on, when things get difficult.
Care for Yourself
You must realize that you can’t change your addicted parents, and you can’t control them. You can only control yourself, and it’s important that you focus on things you can control and let go those you have no control over. For one, take care of yourself.
Dealing with an addicted parent can be difficult and stressful, so don’t forget to take care of yourself. Find relaxation techniques or even learn meditation to help you cope and be strong for your parents and family.
You can seek help for your addicted parents. You may call us at Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.