You CAN Help Your Kids Stop Taking Drugs
This morning I was reading a forum for mothers whose children are addicts. It was heartbreaking. They have had so much loss, so much devastation, the families are at a breaking point. But, if you act, things can turn out okay.
One woman I know, older now, was heavily into drugs when she was in her teens. She took everything, and used needles with both heroin and methamphetamine. She was visiting her mother when she had just returned from an out of town trip. She looked awful. Her mother was very worried. She was also just starting to go through withdrawal.
Her mother begged her to see someone. She finally agreed and they went to a facility immediately. It was evening and her mother didn’t even wait until the morning. She put her in the car, took her there, and that was that.
Unfortunately, in that particular place, she was given methadone. But it didn’t help. In fact, it made her sick.
Had it been a different type of facility and not involved taking other drugs – especially drugs that made things worse for her – she could have and would have stayed.
But after about two weeks she left, and went back on drugs for another six months.
Then a tragedy happened to a friend – not a death, but a very upsetting experience. And she had given the drugs to that friend.
It was devastating enough to make the girl want to quit – not that the incident itself scared her, but the guilt of having given the drugs to that friend and then having the friend go through such a bad experience – so she called her mom again and went back into a drug rehab facility.
This time, there was no methadone, no drugs, and she stayed for several months.
When she left the facility she was doing well, but she still needed help to stay that way.
All of her friends took drugs, she lived in an area where drugs were very common, and she worked in the entertainment industry – even most of the people she worked with took drugs.
Instead of going back there to those people, and that job, she moved in with her mother – who lived in an entirely different area of the city where she knew no one. Her mom also helped her go back to school where she learned some basic skills that would allow her to get a different kind of job.
Soon she was working and happy. And then found an entirely new group of people who had nothing to do with drugs, who were actively working in a field helping others, and she never looked back.
Decades later, she is still drug free – and never once has even had to even exercise restraint.
She created a whole new life.
As a parent, that’s what you can do for your kids.The keys are:
- Find a good, long-term, residential drug rehab program and get your son or daughter there, now. Don’t let them say no. How do you do that? Just say yes. Put them in the car, take them to the facility you’ve chosen. Period.
- When they’ve completed the program, don’t let them go back into to the same environment.
- Don’t let them hang out with the same people.
- Help them learn the skills they need to create a new life doing well at something they enjoy.
- Help them to do well at applying those skills so they will have confidence, independence and higher self-esteem.
- Encourage them to work at something, or donate their time to something, where they can help others.
I truly believe that there is nothing as rewarding AND as therapeutic as helping others. I have seen huge changes in people who get involved in those kinds of activities.
Scope out drug rehab facilities now – so when you get the agreement of your son or daughter to get help, you can take them there right that minute.
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