Addiction is difficult enough to face in the most general sense, but when it comes to parenting an adult addict, it’s even more challenging. How can parents begin to accept the truth of their child’s situation and then get them the most effective help possible?
The Challenges of Parenting an Adult Addict
“It’s not an easy path for any parent, and the ‘shame factor’ that addiction still carries for some makes a parent’s emotional struggles that much more difficult.” It can also be difficult for parents to notice that their son or daughter is struggling with addiction, let alone to accept that fact. No one wants to believe that their child is struggling with substance abuse, that they might be in danger.
Parenting an adult addict is fraught with frustration, sadness, and confusion. Even if you’re able to recognize that your child needs professional help, you may have no idea of where to begin. Addiction can be isolating: the adult addict may avoid contact with loved ones, while those friends and family, perhaps uncomfortable and unsure of what to do, might do the same. How can these groups come together to find the most effective solution for the patient?
Something that is very important is the letting go of expectations. Believing that a child “should” be at a particular place in his or her life may have contributed to the development of an addiction in the first place and may further prevent recovery. Accept that there will be difficulty along the road and that it may be especially hard for you, but also know that it’s even more difficult for your child.
To learn more about how you can work on parenting an adult addict in order to help him or her, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others who are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.