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How to Cope with a Child’s Drug Addiction
An opiate addict can change not only his life but the life of others as well. It doesn’t only change the person negatively in many ways, it also affects others, his friends and his family just as badly. The effects of a child’s suffering from addiction is felt by those who are close to him. It is brought up in conversations, finances are affected, and other aspects of life. It is a difficult thing to bear if your child is suffering from drug addiction. Somehow we feel that there is no longer any hope for our child, yet the reality is, there is really hope for them.
Parents have a great responsibility in helping their children avoid drug addiction. Saying no or stopping them from addiction is one of the ways that you can help your child. The way parents are not helping their children is when they continue giving them money despite knowing that they are buying drugs with it. Encourage your child to go to a opiate rehab or a treatment program instead of giving them money to encourage their opiate use. You cannot be doing something that will encourage that addiction and expect them to stop at the same time. This will be ineffective, you cannot continue encouraging and stopping them at the same time. When parents stop giving money to their children who are opiate addicts, they respond in anger. They lash out against their parents when they are not given money. You are signing their death warrant if you continue to give them avenues to sustain their addiction.
These addicts need a lot of support that you must assure them of, if you want them to go to an opiate rehab willingly. Someone who is an addict to opiate will not easily believe this especially if you have already cut them off from receiving money and benefits that will enable them to purchase these drugs. Nevertheless, you should let them know that you will support them if they are ready for rehab. It is not only the opiate addict that needs support but their parents as well. You need support, and you can either join a local organization who helps parents struggling in this area or you can organize you own family-based support that you need as your child is in rehab.
IF an opiate addict refuses rehab, there are three possibilities that can happen to him. He can react negatively and resort to crime just so to be able to purchase his opiate needs. Some parents feel guilty that they have stopped giving their child money, but this is a wrong feeling. Another reaction is to overdose, and this is very common to opiate users. An opiate addict can die of overdose if not treated immediately. These possibilities are real with an opiate addict, and if your child is one, you need to cope realistically with their struggles.
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