The Empty Chair at Our Holiday Table
When you lose a child, there will always be an empty chair at the holiday table. Another Thanksgiving or Christmas he won’t be with us. Here’s how I cope.
If you’ve ever talked to a professional about your child struggling with substance use, chances are you’ve heard a common refrain — to take care of yourself. But why would a professional tell you to focus your energies on yourself, if your child is the one who needs saving?
The reason self-care is so important and so emphasized is because many parents unfortunately burn themselves out while trying to help their child, and therefore can be no help to them. As one parent put it, “We became as sick as he was – just trying to save him.”
Self-care doesn’t mean you forget about your child, nor does it mean you have to meditate or do yoga or similar activities. Watch Helpline Specialist Karla explain what self-care can mean to you and why we put such an emphasis on it:
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.