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Coming Clean: Here’s What To Tell Parents, Guardians Before Entering Drug, Alcohol Rehab

Shame, reprimands and general fear of the unknown force some suffering from addiction to never come clean about their struggles. Others accept the likelihood of negative ramifications and still approach family, friends and loved ones for help. It’s not an easy decision to make; nor is it a painless conversation to have. However, the outcome of such a talk could save a life and for that reason – among the others we’ll cover in this blog – deciding to seek out help could be the most important decision of your life. In this article, we will offer first-hand advice that has helped former patients of inpatient drug rehab center Lighthouse Recovery Institute take the first step toward lasting sobriety.

Numbers Game:

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Nobody is immune to neither addiction nor death that can result from substance abuse. According to a January 2019 article from USA Today, “the lifetime odds of dying by an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96.” That means it is officially more likely to die of an overdose than of a car crash in the U.S. and this possibility could be enough to snap someone out of their dangerous cycle.

What to Share:

It’s best to broach the topic with either a mental or written outline. Tell your parents, friends of confidant that there’s a problem which requires professional medical and mental health help. There’s no need to share every gritty detail; you can save that for conversations with experts at a dual diagnosis treatment center like Lighthouse Recovery Institute.

Feedback and Fighting Back:

It’s possible that the desired outcome won’t be achieved on the first go. Stress the fact that sobriety can only be achieved in a supervised setting like that of an alcohol inpatient treatment center. Hopefully your persistence will pay off and the parent/guardian whom you’ve approached for help will then assist you in finding a facility to jumpstart recovery at.

A House Divided:

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There are many moving parts to finding a rehab facility with programs and services that meet your specific needs. Some of the considerations you’ll need to discuss with parents/guardians include insurance, transportation, duration and post-recovery expectations. It’s best to set these parameters now so minor setbacks aren’t encountered during the first fragile days and weeks of recovery.

Professional addiction treatment can turn lives around. However, all the benefits of entering a facility like Lighthouse Recovery Institute could go under the radar unless the person suffering from substance abuse issues decides to ask for help. With the above points, that conversation can be both less stressful and more effective.

Children of Addicted Parents

Addicted Parents and Their Children

There is no such thing as a ‘perfect household’. All families experience some level of dysfunction, although some dysfunction is extremely damaging and some is simply run-of-the-mill. The same goes for parenting – even the most loving, compassionate, and stable parental figures are liable to experience a few mishaps from time to time.

Even the parents with the best intentions are likely to make a few mistakes – mistakes that may unwittingly impact the lives of their children, just as their lives were impacted by the mistakes their parents made. However, this does not necessarily mean that children are destined (or even inclined) to make the same errors their parents made.

Cycles can be broken effectively and permanently, so long as professional therapeutic care is available.

Children of Addicted Parents Face many Obstacles

Growing up in a household with addicted parents is one of the most damaging and unfortunate experiences a young child or adolescent can potentially undergo. Children who grow up with one or multiple addicted guardians often take on the role of the caretaker themselves, adopting the parental responsibilities and looking after themselves as well as their siblings.

Safe home environments should be complete with a certain level of predictability and consistence. However, drug addicted parents typically experience severe and erratic mood swings, leaving young children in a constant state of anxiety.

Additionally, the beneficial structure of a stable household will typically lack in a home run by one or two addicted parental figures. Children and young adults will likely have fewer rules, leaving them to fend for themselves the majority of the time. Growing up in a home without guidelines or restrictions can affect the development of a child, and lead to unruly and destructive behavioral patterns later on in life.

Growing Up In an Addicted Household Leads to a Host of Issues

Growing up in an addiction-run household also frequently leads to significant emotional damage. In many instances, addicted parents will use their children as scapegoats, blaming them for their dependency issues and taking their anger and frustration out on them both verbally and physically.

It is not uncommon for children to internalize this abuse, believing that they are indeed responsible for their familial turmoil, and that they are, to their cores, bad people. In addition to this deep-seated self-blame, children are likely to begin harboring severe resentments against their parents. The confusion between self-hate and anger towards their parental figures will frequently lead to inner-conflict, leaving children confused, alone, and isolated.

Many young adults will regularly tell themselves that they will avoid growing up to be like their parents at all costs. However, addiction is genetic and hereditary, and grappling some sort of dependency (behavioral, chemical, or otherwise) is often an inevitability.

However, there is a way to break the cycle – if children of addicted parents get the help they need before addiction begins to manifest, their likelihood of living healthy and happy lives increases dramatically. For more information on children of addicted parents, please contact one of our representatives at Lighthouse today. We can provide the information, help, and support that you and your loved ones need. Call Lighthouse today at  1-866-308-2090. 


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