Why Should I Take Care of Myself if My Child is the One with the Addiction?
Self-care is important for a parent helping their child struggling with drugs. As one parent put it, “We became as sick as he was just trying to save him.”
When your child is struggling with drugs or alcohol, it can be surprising and overwhelming just how much your emotions can vary minute to minute or day to day. One moment you can be completely sad. But perhaps the next moment you can find a glimmer of hope for improvement. Those emotions can quickly turn to anger, frustration, hopelessness. How do you deal with all of this and still keep a level head to be able to help your child?
It’s completely normal to be going through all of these emotions. But it’s important to learn how to accept and manage them, in order to be your best, helpful, most supportive self.
Watch Helpline Specialist Karla explain how you can cope:
Helpline Specialists like Karla are ready to listen to your situation and your concerns about your child struggling with substance use, and help you make an action plan.