If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably noticed one or more signs that your son or daughter might be drinking too much or using dangerous drugs. Before we go any further, I’d like to say that I’m deeply sorry you find yourself in this position.
Hopefully, your child’s alcohol or drug use is not a big problem. However, if you’re worried that your child may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, there’s a good chance your suspicions are correct. While there are undoubtedly parents who worry unnecessarily, far more parents are clueless about how much and how often their kids are getting drunk or high.
Perhaps your son really is only experimenting or your daughter told you the truth when she said the drugs in her bedroom were someone else’s. For your sake, I sincerely hope this is true. But you should be aware that being a good kid from a loving family is no protection against your child falling hard and fast into the agony of addiction, and there are far too many heartbreaking stories of parents who ignored the signs of a child in trouble until it was too late.
We came close to losing our beloved daughter many times during six hellish years as her addiction led her to repeatedly guzzle lethal levels of alcohol. You can read my family’s story here. We are exceedingly blessed that she was finally able to stop drinking 2½ years ago and has completely turned her life around. But what I remember so clearly about those years is the overwhelming fear I felt and the horrible realization that I had no idea how to help her.
I created an in-depth article to share some of the things I and other parents have learned as we battled this awful disease. It covers the warning signs to look out for, how to talk to your child about their use, how to find the right treatment if it becomes necessary (and how to pay for it), and where to go to get support for yourself. Stories from other parents are interspersed throughout. You can start reading immediately.
No matter how bad things seem today, don’t lose hope -- it is possible for your child to overcome even the most serious addiction. Hopefully you will find this eBook as well as Conquer Addiction’s database of the best treatment centers helpful in winning this fight. Please let us know how we can help.