Watching your children endure a battle with addiction can break your heart. Despite the emotional turmoil that this situation can cause your family to face, you also must work to help find a solution. Part of resolving the issue is to speak to your children about their addiction and the possibility of enrolling in a rehab program. You can use multiple strategies:
- Expressing your concerns
- Providing information about the facility
- Seeking guidance
While your children may already know that you have worries about their addiction, clearly articulating this concerns is an important part of the process. In fact, in some cases, this conversation may be the first one in which your kids realize that you do care about helping them to combat their struggles. Noting how their addiction has hurt you and your loved ones is important, but so is addressing concerns about your children’s own physical and mental health.
The thought of enrolling in a rehab program can prove frightening, especially when this program involves moving into an in-patient facility for a period of time. Providing information about the facility can help to reduce some of these anxieties. For example, showing pamphlets and brochures that highlight the positive elements of the program and arranging a visit are useful strategies. In some case, you may need to get your children started in the program immediately; in others, you may have the time to visit the facility before they commit to any formal treatment.
Even though you may know your kids well, you may not know how they will react to this news or how the substances they are using could affect their response. Speaking with a representative from the facility before talking to your kids can help.
When They Resist
Finding a comfortable environment in which to speak can reduce the risk of refusal. However, your children may simply not feel comfortable with treatment regardless of what you say during this meeting. In the event that they refuse or you feel that they will, consider having other relatives and friends express their concerns too. Seeing that the problem is more widespread than the parent-child relationship can encourage them to seek help. You can also speak with a representative in this case for advice on how to proceed.
Your fear that your children will refuse the program might be so strong that you don’t even try. However, at least when you try, you show them your care and increase the odds that they will seek help. Call us today 833-610-1174