As a parent, your child will always be your child, even when they’ve become a fully-grown adult. Becoming aware of your son’s addiction, whether it is an addiction to drugs or alcohol is devastating for any parent. Be empathetic to his situation, strengthen your relationship with him and make it clear that you are there to help combat his addiction. Most importantly, remember that you do not have to shoulder this responsibility all on your own; Port of Call are here to act as a support network for you and your addicted son throughout his recovery journey.
Does my son have an addiction?
A drug addicted son living at home can be particularly challenging and the same goes for living with an alcoholic son. Knowing the signs of alcoholism and understanding the symptoms of a drug addiction is the first step in determining whether your son has an addiction and whether he needs access to treatment in order to combat this. Some of the tell-tale signs that you may have an addicted son can include:
It is important to note that the characteristics outlined above could be associated with other problems outside of addiction. If you have witnessed a significant change in your son’s personality, it is important you speak to him about it first in order to determine that he is not suffering from another problem. Nevertheless, it is equally as important to not dismiss any obvious signs that you may have an addicted son.
How to deal with a son’s addiction
It is vital that you do not blame yourself for your child’s addiction. Whether he struggles with drugs or alcohol, as his parent, you need to look forward and assist your son in finding the help he needs and the best way to proceed. Nevertheless, it is important to understand that your son must decide that he wants to recover in order for any form of treatment to be successful. Communication needs to be constant, open minded and non-judgemental. Be honest and understanding, no matter how difficult it is for you to hear. Let him build his trust in you and you will be able to assist him in finding his treatment for recovery. Don’t feel that you have to do this alone, Port of Call is here to advise you throughout the journey of your son’s addiction.
How can I help my alcoholic or drug addicted son?
Addiction is a difficult situation for all that are involved, especially for parents of the individual. Helping your alcoholic or drug addicted son can be emotionally taxing and when dealing with this sensitive situation, it is important that you do not have to go through the process alone. There are a number of ways to seek appropriate addiction help for your son, including an staging an intervention and accessing counselling.
Being a parent of a son addicted to drugs or alcohol is extremely hard and we understand the emotional turmoil you’re feeling. Port of Call can assist you through the process – from staging an intervention through to accessing counselling. Help can start from just a free phone call to us on 0800 002 9010, where we can discuss how you can start the conversation with your son and approach the subject of his addiction. We will be there for every step of the way.
We can offer information on a broad selection of treatments including detox programmes or drug and alcohol rehab centres close to home or further afield – we can direct you and your son towards the most suitable course of treatment. Our helpline is completely confidential and run by individuals who fully understand addiction and have been there themselves. Call us today or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.