Every parent’s worst nightmare is to find out that your child is addicted to drugs or alcohol. This scenario would rank right up there with losing a child to tragedy and death. Parents are human and we all handle problems in our lives differently. Some parents bury their head in the sand and pretend like nothing is wrong, while other parents overbearingly try to handle the problem themselves without any training, skill or knowledge about addiction and recovery.
In the addiction industry and recovery community, there are highly-skilled professional coaches that are well-equipped to help parents with their addicted children and keep them from trying to do the job themselves. A job that they are not qualified to do. Think about it like this, if you went to school to become an elementary school teacher you aren’t going to drive to the local airport and apply for a job as an airplane mechanic. You aren’t trained to repair airplanes. You aren’t skilled and you aren’t qualified to repair airplanes. You were trained to teach elementary school children and you need to leave the airplane repairs to those who are trained to do so. The same goes for recovery from addiction. Many people think they are skilled and qualified to help those suffering from addiction, but only those who have been carefully trained and are skilled in recovery-based methods need to be giving advice on recovery and helping those suffering from addiction. In this blog we are going to discuss the top five things that parents do wrong when dealing with their addicted children.