If you have a parent who is struggling with addiction, it can be hard to know where to turn. Dealing with addiction is scary. Who can you talk to? Who can help? Where can you find guidance?
It may seem like your mother or father is going through this horrible time alone, but in reality, you are going through it with them. You are probably feeling certain emotions that are unfamiliar. You may feel stressed and lonely, thinking that nobody can help. You may have strong feelings of anger towards your addicted parent. How could they do this? How can someone you trust so much let you down so badly?
These are all normal feelings. Addiction affects the whole family, whether people realize it or not.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with an addict parent is that it is not your fault. They did not turn to drugs or alcohol because of anything you did or said. They did not develop a gambling addiction because you are a disappointment.
Addictive behavoiours come from within and you are not the cause of your parent’s substance abuse.
By finding our Help Centre, you are already on the right path. This website was designed to help the children of addicts find solace and learn that they are not alone. There are others like you who are also dealing with parents who suffer from dependence issues and are also looking to find help.
Whether your parent is continuously struggling with addiction or is currently in treatment, there are people out there who understand exactly what you are going through.
There are a variety of people already in your life that you can talk to about your parent’s addiction: