If you have an adult child who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you probably know quite well that it affects the entire family. Worrying about their personal health and well being can start to wear and tear on your emotions and how you live your everyday life. If you're suffering from the stress of how your child's drug addiction is affecting your emotions, it's time to seek professional help. Here are just a few benefits of seeking out counseling or therapy when you have a family member battling drug addiction.
Stops The Enabling Cycle
Throughout the past few months or maybe even years, it's more than likely your child who is addicted drugs has come to you for financial help or assistance. And while it's hard to say no to your child, especially when you see them at such a low point in their life, it may be causing more harm than good. A psychotherapist can help you differentiate between enabling behavior and beneficial criticism and assistance. You'll learn to identify the signs of enabling and how to put each new situation into a more positive perspective.
Shows You The Signs Of A Potential Relapse
Another benefit of individual or group therapy sessions is knowing the signs of what a drug relapse looks like. Possible things to be on the lookout for include:
- A sudden return to unhealthy behaviors or actions
- Isolation and mood swings
- Compulsive behavior and actions
- A sharp decline in health
- Failure to use necessary coping skills for stressful events and situations
A group therapy session will share these suggestions and show you other helpful tips in keeping ahead of the addiction issue.
Helps Bridge Communication Gaps
One-on-one therapy involving all your immediate family members can help fill in the communication gap that you may have with your child. It's important that the entire family is on the same page when it comes to the recovery plan. It can be hard to talk with your child about drug use and daily life, especially if he is in a relapsed state. A counselor will provide a sounding board and offer helpful insight in better communication techniques and resolving underlying problems as they arise.
Assists With Personal Recovery
If your adult child was recently released from rehab, it's a whole new world for him out there. This can be a scary place for both of you. Recovery starts with the entire family, and you'll need new coping skills to deal with your child's reactions to temptations. Going back to his old ways is the last thing you want to have happen. A counselor will evaluate your child as well as your entire family to make sure that the recovery process supports not just the addict, but the entire family.
There are several ways that you can help your child overcome addiction. It starts with you finding your own strength to help him through the rough times when he can't stand on his own.