How to Show your Child Support Through Addiction Recovery pt 2

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Read Part 1 Here

Your child is getting help. Thank god. You’ve been hoping they would see how much they need to go through a Residential Detox program for Oxycodone Treatment, or maybe they are struggling with another kind of addiction. Either way you’re so grateful they are safe and seeking professional help to recover from their struggles.

How can you show them support while they go through addiction recovery?


Don’t Compare to Others

Don’t compare them to others. Oh man this is a big one. Addicts struggle with shame. When you compare an addict to another person it is like heaping coals on the head of the coals already helped on your loved one’s head. It makes them feel inadequate, which is probably something they already feel anyway. It may make them feel unloved, unlovable or even like you wish they were someone else.


(Try to) Spend Time Together

Suggest healthy ways to spend time together. Instead of going out for dessert, suggest something more active or creative to do with your kid. Do you both love the movies? What about taking a hike or a drive? Sometimes a good drive can take you out of town, an often much needed break, and also really be a catalyst for good conversation. Connection is really the goal, so why not try something healthy?


Don’t Bring Intoxicants Around

Don’t ask them to engage in addictive behavior. Some families embrace intoxicants together. Some parents do this so that their kids grow up with a normalized idea of what these substances can be in healthy situations. Some parents don’t expose their kids at all. And some are addicts themselves. Everyone has their own way of raising children and everyone has their own struggles in life. But if your adult or teenage child is doing the hard work of addiction recovery, even if you are an addict yourself, do not invite them back to their addiction.


If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction in the Florida area, it’s time to seek out help for drug abuse and alcohol addiction. Through our replacement therapy or whatever is the best drug rehab for you, you can work through your trauma and addiction and you can come out the other side ready to do the hard work of a successful and sober life. Call us today at  (866) 971-5531 or send us a message to get your child the help they need.

Read Part 3 Here

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.