No matter whether you are a child of an addict, or a parent who has a child addicted to drugs or alcohol, the effects of seeing a loved one dependent on alcohol or drugs can be detrimental. Being the child of addicted parents can have a long term effect on development and can even affect individuals in later life. Similarly, seeing a child addicted to alcohol of drugs can have a negative effect on wellbeing: increasing stress, causing conflict within families and creating feelings of isolation.
If you are either a parent of a child addicted to drugs or are the child of addicted parents, you may be experiencing feelings of confusion and sadness, but Port of Call is here to help. We can offer you the support and advice you need to help you find the right treatment for your loved one.
Help for children of addicted parents
At Port of Call, we understand how difficult it can be to be an adult child of addicts. The effects can be long-term and the damage to relationships may be permanent. At Port of Call, we can help you to assist your parents in finding the right treatment for them, without judgement and with complete confidentiality. We understand that there is no ‘quick fix’ or ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, however, with the right advice, support and treatment, we can help your family become healthier, happier and crucially, addiction free.
Helping an adult child that is addicted to drugs
Child drug abuse is always devastating, not only for the individual struggling with the addiction, but their family members and, particularly, their parents. As a parent, seeing your child addicted to drugs can leave you feeling helpless. However, help is available and at Port of Call, we can help you find the right treatment for your loved one, in order to effectively help them overcome addiction and reach long-term recovery.
During stages of addiction, self-care is often forgotten, however, this can be a valuable tool when helping your adult child overcome addiction. When going through long periods of turmoil, stress can grow and turn to burnout. The act of self-care involves making your needs a priority in order to prevent such burnout from occurring. If you are helping your child through addiction, ensure your physical and mental conditions do not deteriorate. Long-term stress can manifest in a number of ways:
- Reduced immune system
In the long term, caring for yourself will aid your ability to help your child. While emotional support can go a long way in helping your child recover from addiction, Port of Call can help you find the right treatment for your family member. Contact our team of addiction experts today on 0800 002 9010.