How Do I Help My Son or Daughter Realize They Need Cocaine Addiction Treatment?
It can be extremely difficult for someone to come to terms with the fact that they need addiction help. Below are some ways you can help your son or daughter realize they need treatment for cocaine addiction. You can also call 800-736-5356(Who Answers?) to find rehab programs that will cater to your son or daughter’s needs and help them make a change.
Talk to Your Child
Especially if your son or daughter’s actions associated with their cocaine abuse are hurting you and the other people in their life, it is time to speak up and be honest about your feelings. This can be an incredibly difficult conversation to have, so make sure to follow these important tips.
- Above all, stay calm. According to the National Library of Medicine, “Hostility when confronted about drug dependence” is one of the signs of serious substance abuse, and your child will likely become upset when you tell them you are worried about this. Therefore, make sure to stay calm yourself in order to avoid things escalating further.
- Use “I” statements. Instead of telling them things like “You are hurting me” or “Your substance abuse is killing you,” talk about your own feelings and observations. This will diminish the amount of blame in your words.
- “I’ve noticed you’ve been using a lot more lately.”
- “I am worried about your health.”
- “I want to help.”
- If the conversation becomes volatile or does not seem to be solving anything, it is better to stop and try another method later.
Stage an Intervention
Staging an intervention is a good way to let your child know that you are serious about them seeking addiction treatment for cocaine. You can invite 4 to 6 of their closest friends, family members, and others in their life whose opinions would matter to them, and it can also help to seek a professional’s advice.
This individual can be a “licensed alcohol and drug counselor,” a professional interventionist, or a doctor who can lend credit to your intervention and allow your son or daughter to realize how serious it is (University of North Texas).
One of the ways to make your child realize how important it is that they seek treatment is to set boundaries. If they do not follow through with what you are asking, you may want to tell them you will no longer be able to send them money or they will not be able to stay with you.
Whatever choice you make, it is important that you stick with it so it does not become a false promise and so your son or daughter will realize there is no other option but to attend treatment.
Finding Addiction Care for a Loved One
It can be hard to find the right treatment program for someone else, but we can help. Call 800-736-5356(Who Answers?) to find safe, reliable rehab centers where your child can recover from cocaine abuse and be treated for any other co-occurring issues. Call now to find the help you seek.