How To Talk To Your Parents About Your AddictionApril 27, 2016 - Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse - 0 Comments
Coming clean to your parents about your addiction is an important part of getting sober. After all, your parents will be one of your main sources of support as you navigate through your first year sober. Whether you are still young and living at home or older and out on your own, use these tips to initiate that first conversation.
Initiate the Conversation
Difficult topics are always easier to discuss in a calm, quiet setting when everyone is comfortable. However, this may not be possible if you have hit a true breaking point with your addiction. Begin by letting your parents know that you have something important to discuss, and ask them if they have time to talk. Most of the time this is all it takes to get the conversation going. If your relationship with your parents has been strained, then it may be helpful to ask a trusted family member or counselor to mediate.
Be Prepared for Questions
There are two sets of parents, and they include those who suspected their child had a problem with addiction and those who have no clue. Don’t be surprised if your parents experience a range of emotions that may include shock, sadness or even relief that you are finally being open about your problem. If they ask questions, try to answer them with honesty since rebuilding your relationship is part of recovery. However, you can still reserve the right to not answer right away if you are afraid of upsetting your parents.
Discuss Your Plans for Treatment
It is important to move forward quickly after your conversation to ensure that you have the support you need to battle your addiction. There are many different types of treatment options available, and we can help you and your parents find one that fits your needs and lifestyle. For example, you may need an outpatient program if school or work obligations will hinder you from attending a residential program. Since your parents know you best, they can provide valuable insight into which type of treatment might be the most effective.
Getting your struggles with addiction out in the open will give you a sense of relief. Yet, it is normal to be a little nervous about telling your parents you use drugs or alcohol. By being honest now, however, you can begin to renew your relationship and move toward a sober lifestyle that benefits your entire family.