How Can I Educate Myself About My Child’s Addiction?
Many parents are the first to see that their child is struggling with addiction, but love can be also blind and come up with excuses for the destructive behaviors. Unfortunately, both reactions pose problems: parents who perceive addiction may not know how to address it, but enabling the disease places parents, children and other loved ones at risk. However, if you suspect your child is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, seek medical help to get her back on track.
How to Learn About Addiction
Learning about addiction, especially when it involves a child, can be emotionally draining, but parents can do so by taking the following actions:
- Reach out
- Consult a doctor
So much information is readily available that it can be overwhelming to start, and distinguishing the facts from the myths can be the most difficult step to accomplish. In response, keep researching and locate reliable sources. If you are uncertain about the information you receive, reach out to others or even medical personnel. A medical professional who is familiar with addiction (such as the warning signs) can help you see if your child truly has addiction, and they can also help point you in the right direction to address it.
Warning Signs that Your Child Is an Addict
There are universal signs of addiction that are seen in children, young adults and even seniors. The following examples are warning signs that your child is possibly suffering from an addiction:
- Mood swings
- Change in eating behaviors
- Lack of interest
Drugs and alcohol can cause an array of emotions, from euphoria to moments of intense rage; these mood swings can cause users to act in ways they once deemed inappropriate. Furthermore, some drugs can increase or decrease one’s appetite to the point that the user is almost unrecognizable. Lastly, if your child once enjoyed an activity and all of a sudden is no longer interested in it, it could be because he is more interested in maintaining addiction.
Seek help if you notice your child displaying any of these signs.
Drug Addiction Treatment for Children
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