No parent likes to watch their child struggle, but seeing your teen or adult child battle an alcohol or drug addiction is heartbreaking. You may start to blame yourself for not speaking up sooner, but guilt or shame will not help you or your loved one in Seattle. You have to act now and intervene.
Understanding Your Child’s Addiction
Becoming aware of the various reasons that adolescents, young adults and adults start using drugs can help you better understand how to help your child. If your child began using in college, understand that college is a stressful time in a child’s life in Seattle, and root issues such as peer pressure, self image issues and academic pressure are triggers that can lead a person toward drug or alcohol use. Getting information about addiction will enable you to understand why treatment is necessary and how you can get your child to accept help. Knowing that addiction is a disease gives you perspective so that you put your personal emotions aside and deal with addiction with your head and not your heart.
Addiction Interventions for Sons and Daughters in Seattle
While you hope that a sincere conversation between you and your child will increase his or her awareness of the substance problem and will lead your child to seek treatment, many drug or alcohol users will need a more structured approach. Interventions are an effective way to help your child recognize the magnitude of his or her drug or alcohol use and can be the first step in getting your loved one into treatment. The following tips help create a successful intervention:
- Have treatment lined up at an appropriate center
- Have relevant friends and family present
- Conduct the intervention in a familiar place
- Speak in “I” statements and support your notions with facts
- Remain supportive and focused on the hopeful aspects of positive changes
Other intervention resources for parents in Seattle include professional interventionists, family doctors and addiction counselors.
Find Help Getting Your Son or Daughter into Treatment
We can provide the information you need about addiction and interventions. Please call our toll-free helpline to learn more about your options for helping a child struggling with addiction. We are available 24 hours a day, and we are here to help Seattle families find health and wholeness.