Toolkit for Prescription Drug Abuse Recovery (Parent)

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Your family is an integral, inseparable part of your life. And to see them in pain hurts you to the core. If you suspect your child or spouse has a problem with prescription drugs, now is the time to do something about it.

There is hope for prescription drug abuse . And the first step to finding help begins with you.

Signs to Notice

Excessive Mood Swings: Prescription drugs can drastically alter the emotional state of the user, and their emotions are seldom even-keeled.

Stealing: Pills, when acquired illegally, aren’t cheap. Many users resort to theft to support their habit.

Restlessness or Lack of Sleep: Like mood swings, many prescription drugs alter the user’s internal clock and cause sleeplessness and/or alertness.

Neglected Responsibilities: For many prescription drug users, the drug comes ahead of any other responsibilities—family, friends, school or work.

What to Say

Be Forceful, but Positive: You’re the parent, and what you say goes. But what you say matters just as much as how you say it. Use positive, hopeful, inspiring language when talking to your child.

Express Concern: Many people who use prescription drugs aren’t aware of the impact their use has on their family, friends or others. Show your concern for them and appeal to them emotionally.

Ask Open-Ended Questions: Don’t just preach—have an open-ended dialogue with them. Ask open-ended questions such as “what do you think?” to engage with them.

What Not to Say

Making Judgements: Addiction is a disease, and making sweeping judgements about your child is a hard thing to avoid. Don’t be judgemental. What would you like to hear if you were in their shoes?

Using Labels: Don’t assign labels when speaking to your child. Your child isn’t a drug addict, they’re a person struggling from drug issues. Use hopeful, embracing and accepting terms instead of confining, harmful ones.

Steps to Take

Before you have a conversation with your child, find a resource to send them to. It’s not fair to confront someone without having a next step. When the time is right, have a firm but loving conversation about your choice to have them seek help. Make sure you use encouraging and non-judgemental languagethroughout your conversation. And—above all—be a parent, not a preacher. They need your help, not your admonishment, and it’s your job to get them the help they need.

Finding the Right Resource

Everyone who is trying to defeat their issues with prescription drugs needs a resource to help. Prescription drug abuse may not be something your child can conquer by themselves. When determining the right place to send your child, consider these four things:

  • Is the behavioral services facility CARF accredited?
  • Are they committed to enhancing your quality of life?
  • Can they help your child meet their personal recovery goals?
  • Can they create a custom recovery plan to help them on their recovery journey?

The journey to manage addiction may not be quick, but it’s an important mission. There is hope, and your child can find help at Prelude.

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