For anyone struggling with addiction, sobriety or managing their use of substances in moderation is the ultimate goal. Not having any measurable effects from alcohol or drugs and simply being comfortable carrying out everyday tasks without being intoxicated from substances is an achievement. To get to this point in their lives, a person struggling with substance abuse has gone through hell and back and deserves a great deal of credit for getting this far.
But it doesn’t end here. The fight continues. For young adults, this is especially true. Cravings, peer pressure, meeting new people, socializing, family gatherings, or celebrating successes or milestones can often lead to a lapse or a backslide into the pitfalls of addiction. So what can we as parents do to support our children in sobriety?
Being in the unimaginable situation where a child has succumbed to the negative changes substances bring out is one of the most harrowing circumstances any parent can face. Helping them towards sobriety is not something we conceive as we cradle a newborn baby. However, as a parent, when faced with the anguish of seeing one of our children overwhelmed by the dangers of substance abuse, we will do anything we can to support and guide them towards a healthier and substance-free lifestyle.
Ultimately we cannot control everything our children do, and our self-care must be paramount above all. However, here are a few suggestions that may be beneficial as you support your child in sobriety and their continued rehabilitation.
Supporting your child through one of the most burdensome times of their lives can be demanding and exhausting. Addiction affects every aspect of our very existence and can have a detrimental effect on mental and physical health. However, the rewards of self-care and growing into a support system that brings the whole family into healthier interactions, as well as seeing your child thrive as their recovery progresses, is something you can have peace with and enjoy in the moment. We learn to stay present.
They have made it this far. And so have you! So keep going and continue doing a fantastic job. And remember, you are not alone. Help is always available through family, friends, and support groups such as Other Parents Like Me, where you can access professionals and other parents like you, supporting each other on a journey to healing and lifelong fulfillment.
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