My Friend Has a Child Who is Struggling with Addiction. How Can I Help?
You don’t have to be affected by drug addiction to support a friend whose kid is struggling, or have to know exactly what to say. You just have to be there.
Just read this fantastic guest blog on Lisa Belkins Motherlode (New York Times). This brave mother, Janice Lynch Schuster, has two teens currently battling what she figuratively refers to as a big black snake or, as it is more commonly known, drug and alcohol addiction. I’m sure that most parents who have watched their children struggle with a drug problem would agree that Schuster is right on target when she compares addiction to a scary and possibly deadly snake.
Facing her children’s drug problems, she writes, used to paralyze her. Even when she wanted to confront the monster, she was reduced to ineffectively yelling, taking away things that her kids could just get more of, and convincing herself that drug use was simply a rite of passage for teens. But luckily, Schuster finally got strong enough to intervene and get help for both her addicted children. Here’s a great quote from the post:
I insisted that first one child and then another be admitted to a substance-abuse recovery program, a residential program that specializes in treating children, like mine, who are alcoholics and drug addicts. Just writing that is painful and foreign; it is as difficult as speaking in the snakes tongue. The language of addiction is full of loss lost opportunities, lost lives, lost potential, lost families, lost time. Now both children are in what is called recovery they have been clean and sober, one for about eight weeks and the other for scarcely more than two.
For those of you who can relate to Schusters story, I highly encourage you to check out Intervene, our newly launched blog here at the Partnership. Were so proud of Intervene because its more than just a website its a supportive community of parents and caring adults concerned about a beloved teen or young adults drug use. Right now, we have some very inspiring guest bloggers posting, including two authors with new books out and one wonderful woman who has been running marathons all over the world to raise funds and awareness for drug addiction and treatment.