If you are a mother who can relate to this, or you know someone who can, this is an invaluable read.
Mothers would do anything for her child. It’s an innate part of motherhood to nurture and even become selfless. Motherhood, after all, is a noble calling, a thankless job, a full-time commitment, and a life-long journey. However, when a mother is held captive by addiction, everything else falls to the wayside.
For mothers who have an addiction, whether it’s to a substance or a behavior, the addiction becomes the most important thing in her life. She can therefore become blind to everything else.
The Unique Impact of Addiction on Motherhood
Motherhood may come at any age or in any economic status or educational attainment. And, like it, addiction does not discriminate. Moms are also not immune to substance use disorder.
It may start out as a way to get through the day, find reprieve in the midst of the demands of being a mother and a wife. It all can start as easy as that. You go about your day, in a rush to fulfill all your duties, even self-admonishing or doubting yourself several times throughout the day. As a way to give yourself a chance to breathe and relax, you may turn to unhealthy habits.
Let’s take a closer look at how addiction impacts motherhood:
- demands in society and at home
- negative emotions
- low self-esteem
- unhappy marriages or domestic difficulties
- trying to chase after a standard of what a “good mom” is
- lack of purpose
- repetitive days
- undiagnosed mental health issues
Why Getting Help Can Be Hard For Moms
- You can’t or don’t want to accept that you have a problem or that you need help
- Inability to let go of the habit or addiction because it allows you to cope and be there for your family
- You don’t want to be away from your kids
- The cost of getting treatment in rehab centers
- The stigma that comes with addiction
If you are a mom and an addict, know that you came across this for a reason. You are struggling. You are not alone. We can help.
Take the first step towards healing. For yourself and for your family.
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