Being the parent of a child suffering from addiction is hard, and it can be a challenge to keep them on the road to recovery. Here are five actions you can take to keep your child on track.
1. Express Words of Encouragement
Remember that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing. Blaming your child will only increase feelings of guilt and shame. Instead, view their addiction as responsible. Let your child know you are here for them and proactively show your support. Say things like, “What’s the best way I can help you right now?” These actions will demonstrate your support during their recovery.
2. Believe in Your Child
Showing confidence in your child’s ability to get healthy again works wonders in the recovery process. Saying “I believe in you” and “I know you can get better” are ways to show your support and help prevent relapse. Keep in mind that it’s important to mean what you say and fully believe in your child.
3. Continue Therapy
When you observe the first signs of recovery in your child, it’s easy to think therapy is no longer needed. However, encourage your child to continue their therapy and addiction treatment. People in recovery can relapse and return to bad habits. Establishing healthy coping strategies through therapy is essential.
4. Avoid Risk Factors
Keep your home free from drugs, alcohol and other substances that may tempt your child to relapse. Work with your child to help them stay away from friends and environments that may encourage relapse.
5. Re-Establish a Healthy Sleeping Routine
Drug and alcohol addiction can alter brain chemicals and the body’s ability to restore itself naturally. That’s why it’s crucial to introduce a structured sleeping plan into your child’s life. Getting enough sleep is one of the most effective ways to recover after addiction.
Relapse Does Not Mean Failure
Sometimes, even after you’ve taken preventative measures, relapse happens. It’s vital not to get down on yourself. What’s important is how you pick yourself and your child up. Staying calm and supportive is the best way to respond to your child after relapse.
Contact Gateway Foundation for Support During Recovery
If you or your child feels overwhelmed by addiction, you are not alone. Contact Gateway Foundation for more information on how to prevent your child’s relapse and to learn more about our evidence-based treatment.