Addiction impacts everyone, even those who do not directly use a substance. The United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration talked to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, an organization that outlines The 7 C’s of Addiction. The National Association for Children of Alcoholics wants children to know that they are not alone and that their parents’ drinking is not their fault. Children deserve to feel safe, regardless of their parents’ actions. Here are The 7 C’s of Addiction from the National Association for Children of Alcoholics:
- I didn’t cause it.
- I can’t control it.
- I can’t cure it,
- But I can help take care of myself
- By communicating my feelings,
- Making healthy choices,
- And celebrating me.
Being thrown into the world of addiction at such a young age takes a toll on the children of those who use substances. They cannot fully understand addiction and why their parents drink or use. They may feel out of control and may not know how to cope. This is why The 7 C’s of Addiction are important for children to learn. They must know they are not the cause of their parents’ addiction, but they can still take care of themselves and make good choices to be happy. The ideas from The 7 C’s of Addiction can be adapted to help adults who are dealing with a loved one’s addiction, too. Here are a few facts that the National Association for Children of Alcoholics wants children and families to know:
- Alcoholism is a disease. You cannot cure it.
- You cannot control your parents’ drinking.
- You are not alone.
- You can talk about the problem.
These facts can be helpful to teach a child at a young age. We don’t want children to feel alone. They need help. That is why we offer family therapy as a part of our programs. This is also why appropriate mental health and addiction education is important to have in schools. Talking about this helps to take the fear away and the child can learn that it is okay to talk about what they are dealing with.
Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help families get through addictions. We offer treatment for adults with substance use disorders. We want your family to know that you are not alone. If your family needs help, reach out to us. We can help. Call now at (844) 413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you.