As a father, your traditional role in the family is to be the protector and the provider. You’re also often expected to provide both financial and emotional support, but knowing how to approach a child who’s struggling with addiction can be difficult. It’s hard to watch, and even harder to know what to do. With approximately 8% of children ages 12 to 17 struggling with addiction, it’s a common issue for many dads and families to deal with.
What is Addiction?
Often referred to as a substance use disorder, addiction refers to the uncontrolled use of alcohol or drugs. Addiction can also refer to any compulsive behavior towards a substance. While it’s a serious condition at any age, addiction is treatable, and as a father, you can support your child every step of the way.
Helping A Child in Recovery
Unfortunately, only 10% of children ages 12 to 17 receive substance abuse treatment, which can lead to lifelong issues and more serious problems. The first step you can take as a father is to help your child get the treatment they need. Research programs and talk to your child’s physician to choose the best one for their situation. Hickory Treatment Centers offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment, including detox. Talk to your child and encourage them to get help. Part of this includes group and individual therapy, including family therapy.
The length of time in treatment may vary depending on the type of substance being abused and how serious the addiction. While treatment lasts a few months, recovery can last a lifetime. Help your child find local group meetings and provide transportation, attend therapy meetings and provide support while he or she is at home. Assist in helping your child find new hobbies and interests and start exercising or spending more time together. As a father, you should be your child’s biggest advocate during treatment and recovery.
Taking Care of Yourself
Dealing with a child who’s addicted to drugs or alcohol can be extremely hard on families and parents. Learn to take better care of yourself and stop taking the blame for their actions. Set boundaries and establish a routine early. Take time out for yourself to get rest and exercise, so you’re able to be the best father you can be.
At Hickory Treatment Centers, we can help you and your child through every step of the treatment and recovery process. For more information on what we have to offer and how to begin the enrollment process, contact us today. When you call our referral line, our caring team will discuss your options, verify your insurance information and perform an internal review of your situation, so we can get your child on the path to recovery.