There’s nothing more defeating than feelings of guilt. The relationship that guilt has with shame, avoidance, and denial is dominating, especially when it comes to the life of a parent dealing with a child who suffers from addiction.
Feelings Of Guilt
It’s safe to assume nearly all parents of addicts can relate to feelings of guilt that have stemmed from not being able to help their child recover, but the truth is that no person can get an addict clean without them wanting recovery and doing the work. This is because addiction is a disease which means that the addict suffering can’t get clean without help and it’s not your fault.
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Enabling an addict verses supporting them are sometimes confusing to those who do not suffer from the disease of addiction. Helping your child into treatment by making phone calls is very different than just handing over money to them to use drugs.
Now, before you beat yourself up for your child’s addiction you need to understand that you didn’t cause it and you can’t fix it on your own.
It’s time to put the bat away and start taking some actions to helping your child recover from addiction.
You also need support yourself, so make sure you head to your local Al-Anon (for loved ones of alcoholics) or Nar-Anon meeting (for loved ones of addicts).
You don’t have to do this alone, and your child doesn’t have to either. Stop feeling guilty for something you can’t control or fix and start taking action to building a happy healthier lifestyle for both you and your family.
24/7 Addiction Helpline: 1-877-975-4837