Drugs and Alcohol
From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?
These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.
What is Hitting Rock Bottom and is it Necessary?
There is no singular definition for bottom. The reason for this is that, ultimately, someone’s “bottom” does not, fundamentally speak to an external condition so much as an internal one. This explains why one person can hit a bottom while still maintaining his family, job, home, etc while, for another, they fail to find their bottom without the assistance of homelessness, incarceration or severe injury. For most addicts, until they internally grasp true powerlessness, that is to say that until the denial-laden idea that there is some way to fix this themselves breaks open, they are doomed to stave on. In large part, it is generally true, that as strong a hold as the substance has on them, the stubborn thought that, through some concoction of their intelligence, competence, resources and will power, they can fix this, holds even stronger. This is why, if you’ve got a child who has taken some kind of step toward sobriety, only to find themselves using again, this is not always a bad thing. A scary thing; yes. A dangerous thing; yes. But it may still be a step toward their ultimate wellness; though it may look like anything but. A person who gets sober but holds onto the idea that, eventually, given the right amount of time and/or circumstances, might be able to do it “right,” in most cases, has done little more than booked a reservation for a relapse somewhere down the road. If that person needs to a few more trips to debauchery to conclusively see that this, is, and always will be, beyond their ability to control, it may ending up being well worth it.
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