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Parents with addiction

When you have a parent struggling with drugs or alcohol, the pressure on you as their son or daughter is unimaginable. Trying to help your parent with addiction is especially difficult because as their child, you may feel you have no authority and that you must be sensitive whilst still confronting their issues. Be prepared that your parent may refuse to listen to you. Port of Call will be your support system in helping your parent overcome their addiction. 

Addicted parents 

Does your parent have a substance abuse problem?

For a parent with addiction, receiving help from their child could be unwanted. Recognising their problem and hearing it from you may make them feel vulnerable and defensive. Patience in a situation like this is key as there may be a sense of denial and destructive behaviour, making an already problematic situation even more difficult. Being able to pick up on the signs of alcohol or drug abuse and voicing your concerns could help them see that they have a problem. It is important to come to terms with the fact that your alcohol or drug addicted parents may be attempting to cover their problem and could resort to lying to you about their relationship with alcohol or drugs. Confiding in other family members, if possible, could take some of the burden off you and create a support system for not only your parent, but for you as well.

Helping an addicted parent

At Port of Call, we understand the pressure attached to realising that your parent has a substance abuse problem and what this can do to a family. For this reason, we not only support your parent, but also ensure you receive the right help too. Seeing your parents in this devastating situation can have a knock-on effect on your emotional well-being and it is absolutely normal for you to need support during this time. For this reason, we offer in-depth advice for loved ones of those going through addiction.

It is completely acceptable to need advice when dealing with and confronting your parent about their drug or alcohol problem to help them on the road to recovery. Port of Call offers a wealth of treatment information including advice over the phone, information about intervention, detox programmes and rehabilitation. Intervention may be a good starting point when helping your parent see that they need help with their addiction, as this involves allowing an experienced individual to help you confront your parent and encourage them to open up about their struggles.

Contact Port of Call for help with your parents addicted to drugs or alcohol

It is important to remember you are not alone. Looking after yourself is one of the most beneficial things you can do in order to protect yourself from suffering. In order to look after yourself when helping a parent with addiction, make sure you seek professional help if you need it and do not try and solve the problem alone. Experts are available to help your parent through their addiction, so call Port of Call today on 0800 002 9010, or email help@portofcall.com.

Download our useful factsheets for more information on how to help your addicted parent

Help for a child with drug addicted parents
How to help an addict in the family
How to help a family member with drug addiction

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