There are few life problems more troubling than watching a person die from addiction. When that person is a parent, it is all the more terrifying. If your dad is a drug addict or an alcoholic, there is help available. You can get him the treatment he needs while taking steps to keep yourself and the rest of your family safe.
Ask for Help
As the child of an addicted person, you may feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You may have spent time covering up for your dad’s mistakes or hiding the evidence of his drug use. You might feel as if you are the only person in the world.
The good news is that you are not alone. Addiction affects millions of people every day. Not only is your parent’s addiction problem not your fault, it is treatable. Help is available, and you do not need to struggle alone.
Your first step is to join a family support group. In this safe environment you can share your feelings about your parent without fear. You can learn how to set important boundaries to escape the chains of addiction. You can also learn how to help other struggling, sober family members too.
Consider an Intervention
An intervention is one of the most powerful tools in the treatment of substance abuse. During an intervention, you and others who care about your dad will talk about how addiction has affected your lives. You will ask your parent to get professional help and talk about the consequences of continuing to use. Many who are former addicts believe intervention was the turning point that helped them achieve sobriety.
Interventions are extremely delicate meetings, and they require careful planning — ideally with the help of a trained interventionist. You should never attempt a spontaneous intervention.
Clarity Way partners with many of the field’s most experienced and effective interventionists. We can help you and those who care for your parent schedule and plan the meeting. Call today to get the help your parent needs.
Posted on October 23rd, 2014 in Help Blog