As overwhelming as things may seem, one of the most important things you can do to help your child, is to help yourself too. Make sure you are taking care of your own personal health and well-being. Ask for help. Reach out for support. Know that you are not alone.
Despite the staggering number of families affected by addiction, many families and loved ones of children struggling with substance-related problems often feel completely alone. And just as all individuals dealing with a substance use problem are not alike, neither are support groups. Support groups can be a very important part of this process and can serve as a form of guidance as you work through a loved one’s addiction or recovery. Groups offer advice and support from people with experience managing their own family’s addiction. View Resources
Parent Helplines can provide you with an empathetic listener who can point you to the resources you might need immediately. All of the helplines included here are operated by national non-profit organizations or federal agencies. They are all free and many are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. These outlets for support can provide you with information and referrals to addiction treatment services, if necessary. View Resources