I Got My Son Back: A Mother’s Struggle with Her Son’s Addiction
Our family suffered for years in silence through this horrific journey of my son’s heroin addiction, but now we can speak of Ryan’s health problem out loud.
Using “tough love” is one of the most commonly-suggested ways to deal with a son or daughter’s substance use. But often, if your child is struggling with drugs or alcohol, that’s the time that he or she is at their most vulnerable. It might be when a parent’s love, support and understanding could be of the most benefit.
It’s not an easy task, to help and try to not intensify a conversation when you’re a parent in this position. But there are ways to show your son or daughter that you’ll be there when they’re ready to get help.
Watch Helpline Specialist Karla explain how to think about using “tough love” to deal with your son’s or daughter’s substance use differently:
Connect with one of our Helpline Specialists by phone, text or email and get help making an action plan.