What Steps Can You Take?
The first step you can take as the parent of an addicted child is educate yourself on the ins and outs of addiction. In addition to learning about the disease model of addiction, you can learn about the ways in which the experience differs based on sex and gender. Girls and women tend to have a very different experience with substance abuse than their male counterparts. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, women turn to chemical substances for a variety of reasons including poor body image, attempts at self-medicating underlying mental health concerns, coping with high stress levels and navigating hormonal changes due to menstruation. If you would like to learn more about women and substance abuse, reach out to CuraWest today.
The next step you can take is getting yourself support – typically in one-on-one therapy with a licensed addiction counselor. Speaking with a professional in the field of substance abuse and mental health is going to help you better navigate addressing the problem at hand. If you feel like having a one-on-one conversation with your daughter would be productive and beneficial, address her during a time when she is completely sober and seems receptive to what you have to say. Keep in mind that conversations typically do not go the way that you want them to, even if you come from a place of compassion, understanding and empathy. For this reason staging a professionally facilitated intervention is never a bad idea – especially if the substance abuse disorder has become life-threatening and your daughter is not willing to seek the professional treatment she needs. At CuraWest we work closely with several licensed and highly experienced interventionists who we are happy to put you into contact with the moment you give us a call. We understand how helpless you are feeling as you watch someone you care about deeply seemingly throw her life away in front of your eyes. There are ways to help your daughter successfully overcome substance abuse long-term, and we are available to help her begin her personal journey of lifelong recovery.