Do you love him so much that you are willing to get him into rehab?
When you have a partner, spouse, family member or friend who is suffering from substance dependence or addiction, we often find ourselves wanting to keep them from harm and protect them even from themselves. We try to keep them clean and healthy, buy them medicine when they get sick, cover up their unpaid bills, support them when they lose their jobs, and help them if they get into any legal trouble.
In one way or another, we may know or witnessed firsthand someone letting their kids taste a little beer or wine at a party. After all, it’s a special occasion and it’s harmless, right?
Addiction can come between couples and break them apart–often in irreparable ways. Addiction can push very far apart people who once loved each other so deeply, to the point that they do not recognize each other anymore: one only sees the drug, while the other only sees the addiction.
You know drugs can lead to so many problems: bad performance in school or at work, health complications, family problems, legal problems, and not to mention addiction, which in itself opens a can of worms for the addicted person and his or her family. In other words, drugs is bad news.
Parents sometimes can’t keep track of everything that has been going on in their teens’ lives. Often, their children would even lie or hide things from them as these kids try to enjoy their freedom and experiment with their identity.
It’s not a surprise that teens may even experiment with substances as the price for admission into the “cool crowd” or the party.
But as a parent, how do you know if your child has been drinking? What if he’s been doing drugs?
Here are some signs you should look out for to know whether your child has been drinking or doing drugs:
The school year has well been on its way and many teens and young adults may have experienced being with a new set of friends and getting to know them better as the months have passed.
Some of your friends or classmates may get you to try some things that are new to you or make you uneasy. This is a form of peer pressure, which may come in many other forms. When you are talked or coaxed into trying things or doing something you don’t like, it can be hard to say no. It can be hard to stand up for what you believe in especially when almost everyone around you or in your group is doing something different.
Many people can easily make plans because they can always count on tomorrow. It’s easy to procrastinate because on some levels, they can afford to take their time for granted. However, for someone suffering from substance dependency or behavioral addiction, there’s a chance that tomorrow, there will be no tomorrow.
When your child reaches puberty, things become a little more difficult. Parenting your teen can be challenging enough. But when your troubled teen becomes depressed, violent,reckless, or introduced to alcohol or other substances and may even tend to abuse it–then you know you have trouble in your hands.