Your mother or father, your parent, your loved one: all represent the person you know as responsible for raising you. You look up to your parent for all they have done for you, but what should you do if your parent struggles with drug addiction? Statistics show that 1 in 8 children (about 8.7 million children) live with a parent who had a past year substance abuse disorder, with 1 in 35 children (2.1 million) with a parent that had a past year illicit drug use disorder. You don’t want to think your parent is incapable of stopping a harmful habit but it is sadly more common than you think. Learn more about what signs to notice of parental drug use and how a drug intervention might help your family the most.
Signs My Parent Needs an Intervention
A son or daughter may know better than anyone when their parent is hiding something or is struggling in some capacity. Here are some recognized signs that your parent might be in need of a drug intervention.
- Taking part in more destructive and risky behavior.
- Denies they have a drug addiction or problem.
- Health is starting to decline.
- They are always craving more of their drug.
- They refuse to get any help or treatment.
Nothing could be harder than realizing your parent may need some tough love to change, but you have an obligation to help your parent when they can’t help themselves.
What Can a Drug Intervention Do for Your Parent?
The understanding of a drug intervention is to provide needed support to show an addicted person there is a way out of their addiction. A drug intervention brings family and friends together to confront an addicted person about their drug use, with the support of a licensed counselor or professional interventionist.
As a son or daughter of an addicted parent, your presence and desire to get help for your parent could encourage their own interests to get sober.
Knowing there are also different options for intervention, from the Johnson model of confronting a person to the Invitation model of attending an interventionist-led workshop together, you can find an intervention that will help your parent feel dignified and loved.
Take Our Quiz and Find Out if Your Parent Needs a Drug Intervention
Before you take the steps to set up a drug intervention for your parent, take our quiz to see if this approach is best for your parent and your family. Contact us today if you need more information, knowing you are not alone in this journey.