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I’m the Mother of an Opium Addict: What Should I Do?

I’m the Mother of an Opium Addict: What Should I Do?

Every mother’s worst nightmares include discovering her child has a drug addiction

Every mother’s worst nightmares include discovering her child has a drug addiction. If you discover your child is an opium addict, the first steps you take might be the most important. This article will help guide you in these first moments to take actions to protect your child and your own heart.

Address Your Own Pain and Fear

This may not feel intuitive, but it is vital to deal with your own emotions before you address anything with your child, if at all possible.  Your mind will scream at least one of these lies at you, but you must battle them and settle your emotions.

  • It is your fault. Every parent feels responsible for his or her child’s actions. In almost every situation, a child’s addiction is not the parent’s fault. You must be strong to support your child and you cannot be burdened by guilt. Let your child be responsible for her own choices.
  • I am so embarrassed. There is a social stigma associated with drug addiction, one no parent wants to face. But your child needs your support, not your judgment. As difficult as it is, you must push past any embarrassment and decide to stay by your child’s side to help her find health and sobriety. Your child’s health is more important than your social standing.
  • My kid should know better! This is true. Every child learns about the dangers of drug addiction in school. But again judgment will not help your son or daughter break free of addiction.

Try to stay as levelheaded as possible without succumbing to shame or fear. Your son or daughter needs you to be strong, firm, and rational in this difficult time.

Commit to Help Your Child

Dealing with your own emotions in a productive way will be an ongoing process. Once you have worked through these initial responses, then it is time to talk to your child and commit to helping her. When you discuss this with her, the following can help:

  • Stay factual, not emotional
  • Quickly and repeatedly declare your love
  • Commit to walk through recovery with your child
  • Refuse to be an enabler, even if it means distance and discomfort in the relationship
  • Offer to help her find a recovery program

If you have a child with an opium addiction, it can feel overwhelming. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about addiction. They can help you find your way.