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Coping Skills for Parents

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Being the parent of a teenager or adult with a substance use disorder is incredibly stressful, and many parents find themselves struggling to cope. Loving someone with an addiction comes with constant worry as well as the never-ending struggle to find balance between support and enabling behavior. Meanwhile, parents can forget to take care of themselves, and their mental health may begin to deteriorate in the process. Additionally, parents with addicted children often blame themselves for their child’s substance abuse, and this sense of guilt can lead to codependent tendencies and symptoms of depression. It is important for concerned parents of teens and adults with substance use disorders to learn how to cope with their pain in a way that prevents addiction from further harming the entire family.

Finding Balance

While you may be mostly concerned with the emotional wellbeing of your child, it is important as the parent of someone with an addiction to also consider your own mental health needs. This might mean seeking therapy to help you work through anger, guilt, frustration, and shame. It is also important to ensure that your entire life does not revolve around your child with an addiction. Before you were the parent of someone with a substance use disorder, you were probably better at equally dividing your time between loved ones, work, hobbies, and leisure time. Although it will take more effort, it is important to maintain balance in your life so you do not become completely consumed by your loved one’s problems and behaviors.

Get the Help and Support You Need

If your child decides to seek professional treatment, be sure to ask about what resources may be offered to you and other family members. Many recovery centers offer family counseling, or can refer you to support groups where you can speak with other parents in similar circumstances. Most of all, remember that taking care of yourself is one of the most important aspects of supporting your child with an addiction. 

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals who understand addiction in all its forms. The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan. We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us today at 844-413-2690.