Drug addiction can change lives. It doesn’t only change the person negatively in many ways, it also affects others, his friends and his family just as badly. You can feel the effects when a child suffers from addiction. It is brought up in conversations, finances are affected, and other aspects of life. It is a difficult thing to bear if your child is suffering from drug addiction. Many parents become hopeless for their loved ones, but while he is still alive there is still much hope for him.
Parents can actually help their child avoid drug addiction and this, for them, is a great responsibility. You can help your child avoid opiate addiction is by saying no and stopping them when you see signs of it. It is very common for parents to give their children money when it is clear that they will be using it to purchase drugs. Don’t give them money if you know that it is for drug use, but encourage them to go to an opiate rehab or a treatment program. You cannot be doing something that will encourage that addiction and expect them to stop at the same time. You can encourage and stop it at the same time. Children get angry with their parents when they are not given money to continue their addiction. If they are not given money, they lash out. If you give them ways to sustain their addiction then, in effect, you are signing their death warrant.
Make sure that when you encourage them to go to an opiate rehab that you will also assure them of your support for their recovery. Someone who is an addict to opiate will not easily believe this especially if you have already cut them off from receiving money and benefits that will enable them to purchase these drugs. However, they will interpret it, always assure them of your support if they are ready for rehab. Parents of opiate addicts also need much support. You need support, and you can either join a local organization who helps parents struggling in this area or you can organize you own family-based support that you need as your child is in rehab.
A child who refuses to go to opiate rehab can end up in one of these three situations. If money is cut off from him, he can resort to crime to obtain the drugs that he needs. It is wrong to feel guilty when you stopped giving them money. Many opiate users resort to overdose. The third is death usually brought by overdose and not treated in time. Although it is difficult to accept these possibilities, they are real and you need to cope realistically with the struggles of an opiate addict.