It can feel like a tricky situation: your child is abusing drugs, alcohol, or some type of substance, and they’re doing it under your roof. You know you can’t allow it, but you can’t bear to kick them out, either, or to cast them onto the streets, where you can’t keep an eye on them and be sure they’re safe.
Be the right kind of support
Home is a place for recovering addicts, not active addicts. Anyone who is presently abusing drugs or alcohol should not live at home, unless they are in the midst of a slip from which they are actively recovering. If that’s the case, they should be granted their stay under one condition, that they spend at least part of their day in an outpatient treatment setting of some sort and that they stay sober.
Pay mind to effort
Determining whether a loved one is simply struggling with their sobriety or giving up can be hard, so don’t be afraid to utilize your parental rights. If you feel you must, search the bedroom, talk to their friends, check out the computer–whatever it takes to uncover the truth. One of the best ways to assure that your household is drug-free is to make at-home drug testing a regular occurrence.If you suspect your loved one’s safety is in imminent danger, you can set up an intervention and help your loved one get to treatment- again or for the first time.
Intervene the loving way
Getting your child into rehab doesn’t have to be a complicated process; for most people, the greatest hurdle is simply taking the first step. Once the whole household is on-board, a surprise intervention can be arranged. You’re offering your son help. If he chooses not to accept that help, he simply isn’t ready, but there will have to be boundaries and consequences created to compensate. The encouraging part is that this approach normally works; it’s just a matter of summoning the will to to do it. Deep-down, most addicts want to get clean. They simply lose sight of that. For so long, they’ve lumped the idea of treatment with shame and persecution; the intervention is where those associations end, and the rational path becomes absolutely clear.
The risks of not making this difficult decision–to have an intervention–are much greater than the risk of doing it. An overdose is an overdose, whether it happens at your home or somebody else’s. If you need help setting up an intervention, we can get you into contact with one of our specialists and help you create a plan. Call Cypress Lakes Lodge today for information on how we are providing excellence in addiction treatment: 877-938-1577