Starting Over After Treatment: Going From Being a Bad Parent To a Good Parent

May 16, 2016 - , - 0 Comments Starting Over After Treatment: Going From Being a Bad Parent To a Good Parent

Raising children is one of the hardest things you can do in life, but it is also very rewarding. Unfortunately, addiction can get in the way of your ability to be the best parent possible. While you cannot undo the past, you can look forward to a brighter future with your children after treatment by taking advantage of the following tips.

Practice Self-Care

During your time using drugs or alcohol, you might have made parenting mistakes that you regret. It is important to avoid letting guilt get in the way of your recovery. Look at yourself as a new person after treatment, and offer yourself forgiveness. In addition to learning to let go of the guilt, it is important to develop new strategies for managing stress. For example, taking a time out for relaxation every day when you can exercise, practice deep breathing or listen to music can help you regain perspective when parenting tasks get hard.

Take Parenting Classes

After treatment, attending a parenting class can help you learn effective strategies for disciplining your kids and developing a bond. Many classes have child care available, and they are offered at different times of the day. In your classes, you will also meet other parents who are dedicated to doing their best raising their children.

Be Involved

Children are surprisingly resilient, and they really just do want their parent’s love. Spend time with your children getting to know the things they enjoy. Whether you go to the park, help with homework or volunteer on a school field trip, your children will value the opportunity to be together again.

Keep Up With Follow Up Care

Being a good parent also means avoiding a relapse. After treatment, it is important to follow your after care instructions. Often, these follow up appointments will also help you be a better parent since they involve therapy centered upon the things that are affecting your life. If you need further help, we can help you find after care and outpatient programs that can help you maintain your sober parenting.

Being a good parent takes hard work and effort, but you know you can do anything you set your mind to do. Now that you have completed treatment, you have the perfect opportunity for a fresh start with your children. By choosing to live each day sober, you will be in the perfect place to shower your little ones with love.

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