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How Addiction Affects Families with Children

Apr 07, 2017
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It’s true: addiction can happen to anyone, and it can affect everyone else in the process. Families are one of the most affected groups of people when it comes to loved ones in rehabilitation. It can take its toll on both the parents and the kids. Regardless of who the addiction lies with, it can ruin the relationship between both ends easily.

Sometimes it’s a late night spent out when the kids are at home, wishing you were with them. Maybe it’s the long day spent gosh-knows-where while the parents freak out and make phone calls, desperately trying to locate you. Maybe it’s none of that. It could be all of it. Addiction can ruin families, but the truth is that it doesn’t have to. There are ways to strengthen the bond between parents and children that suffer from addictions and it’s called recovery.

It could be the parents or the kids that orchestrate the intervention, or maybe an intervention isn’t even necessary. Whatever the circumstances are, the person suffering from the addiction will go to rehab. Take this opportunity to tell your loved ones just how much you love them and how much their support means to you. Many rehabilitation centers offer family programs that will involve both parents and kids – and other family members – if it shows promising results in terms of the detoxification and recovery process.

If you’re a parent suffering from an addiction and you’ve submitted to rehab, seeing your child might be one of the most motivational things available. Having them in your arms . . . seeing them, that they’re okay, you’ll get that overwhelming urge to stay with them. You’ll want to protect them and defend them. You’ll want to recover so you can go back to them.

If you’re a younger person in rehab, you might have had a rough childhood. Maybe your relationship with your parents isn’t strong, but if it is, they could be exactly what you need to keep you going. There’s no one on earth that knows you better than your parents (under the right circumstances), and having them there to support your journey to recovery could be inspirational enough to cold turkey it whether you want to or not. Regardless of who is in rehab and who is supporting those in rehab, the true goal is to strengthen the bond between you and your loved ones.

If addiction is what you suffer from, then rehab can help you heal. You need to put your trust in those around you and take a chance, because in the end it doesn’t just come down to your life. If you were to grow sick – or worse – too many people around you would be affected . . . especially your children. A part of them would die with you, and vice versa if the roles were reversed. Nobody wants to lose a family member, let alone a parent or child. Save multiple lives and submit yourself to recovery.

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