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How Can Your Child Recover When You’re Addicted?


When you take a look at the effects of an addiction in the family to alcohol and/or drugs, you might be able to realize the dramatic impact it leaves.  Addiction has the ability to impair relationships for extended periods of time – sometimes even permanently.  If your child is active in addiction and you are pushing them to recover, it can be infuriating for them when you are struggling with the disease of addiction yourself.  Dealing with addiction in the family is a complex matter since it’s a family disease affecting all sufferers and members related. You can’t set your hopes on having your child recover from addiction if you are still active in your own.

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 Addiction in the Family

You may want your child to recover from their addiction because you love them and want to see them succeed in their life, but at the same token, they may be frustrated with you because they wonder why they must live a new life in recovery while you continue to be active in your own addiction to alcohol and/or drugs.  It’s easy to point the finger and look at other people’s character defects to see what areas could use some fine tuning, but when you have to look at yourself to do serious work, you may not want think the effort is worth it or even required.  Just like your child won’t get any better if they don’t put in any work on themselves in recovery, you won’t notice any change in your own life if you don’t do the same.  You cannot afford to be a hypocrite by telling your child to be one way while you do nothing for yourself.  If you want your child to recover from their illness, set the example and help yourself first.  You can’t help anyone else, including your own child, until you make a change.

Noticing the effects of addiction on the family

When you are actively partaking in abusing drugs and/or drinking alcohol as an addicted parent but then pushing your child to seek help for their own addiction, you are sending mixed messages to them.  Though you are in no way entirely at fault, it’s more than likely that your own addiction played a role in contributing to an emotional disturbance in your child’s life.  This could have contributed to them picking up substances in the first place because they may have felt they needed to escape from your addiction that created a broken family.  Children learn from their parents behaviors and as a result of them being exposed to your addiction, they were more likely to engage in addictive behaviors later in their lives themselves. 

Not to mention, when your child is around you more often, they may be more inclined to look to your behaviors now, so if you are still actively abusing substances, they can become muddled in confusion and think it’s acceptable.  This can lead them straight back into dabbling with substances and bring them right back into their addiction.  For you to continue with your own addiction, it’s as though you want to project your hopes onto your child.  Although it’s encouraging you want your loved one to recover from their disease, you can’t expect them to get better if you are active in your own addiction right in front of them.


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