Convincing a loved one to seek help for addiction is a tricky and delicate situation. But your friend or family member’s health and well-being, and perhaps even their life, could depend on your concern and encouragement.
The Bad News About Bad Relationships
A bad relationship can be far worse than single life. It is not worth jeopardizing your wellness and stability to be in a non-supportive or otherwise toxic relationship.
Sure, there may be times when you feel like you really don't want to be alone, and the isolation of the pandemic may have made that feeling more intense. But if you’re in recovery from a substance use disorder, staying away from bad relationships is more important than ever. You have done all the hard work of pursuing healing, and it would be tragic to wreck your progress through an unhealthy relationship.
Drug Use and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
NAS is a group of conditions caused when a baby withdraws from certain drugs that he/she was exposed to in the womb. NAS is most often a result of a woman taking opioids during pregnancy, but can also be caused by antidepressants, barbiturates or benzodiazepines (sleeping pills). When you take these drugs during pregnancy, they can pass through the placenta and cause serious problems for your baby.
Addiction: Your Adult Child Needs To Hear From You
As a parent, you always have your child’s best interests at heart. Finding out that your child is struggling with addiction is heartbreaking regardless of their age.
You may feel it's not your place to say anything. After all, your child is grown up and can make his or her own decisions.
The truth is that your adult child needs to hear from you. They need to know you're aware of what's going on, that they are not alone, and that you want to help.
Advice for Parents of Addicted Children
Enabling vs. Helping Behaviors
The Benefits of Family Participation in Addiction Treatment
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence calls addiction a family disease. That’s because addiction affects the entire family and puts all family members under a great deal of stress. Each family member is uniquely affected with a wide range of negative outcomes.
Family members often cope with addiction in unhealthy ways. Codependent and enabling behaviors are common among families living with addiction. These types of behaviors can foster the addiction as well as make recovery very difficult for both the addicted loved one and the family members.