How Can I Keep My Younger Son Safe From My Older Son’s Substance Use?
Younger siblings can suffer when there is substance use in the family. It’s important to consider a plan for all children in the family.
We work with a special group of moms and dads – Parent Coaches – who, just like you, have been affected by a child’s substance use. They are volunteers who receive special training from the Partnership and our clinical partner in order to help other families through similar struggles. In these blog posts, they answer parents’ most frequent questions.
Anger, frustration, and stress play a critical role in the breakdown of communication. When communication breaks down in the face of fear stress and emotion too often, we can get to that place of isolation or giving up on our child. The fact that you are asking how can I help is encouraging as some might find it easier to walk away. Developing new tools and strategies for more effective communication has been shown to be one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your relationship with your child. With time and a whole lot of practice, you an use positive communication to empathize with your child which can lead to jumping even bigger hurdles such as insight into the reasons why your child might be misusing substances. Gaining that insight allows you to be part of the solution. By changing the conversation, you can find many ways to influence positive change.
Good communication is crucial in creating space for change to take place for everyone. In time, you too can feel more understood and listened to.