Realizing that your child needs help for his or her substance use or addiction can be overwhelming.
Making the decision to get help for your child’s addiction to alcohol or another drug is one of the most important in your life. It’s useful to know that when people struggling with a substance use disorder get the proper care and treatment they need, recovery is achievable and can be sustained.
As a chronic health condition, addiction requires support and continuity of care, so it’s important to seek help from a skilled professional with expertise in treating youth addiction.
While the hope is that your child will readily and quickly agree to treatment, don’t despair if he or she says no or wants to think about it.
There will inevitably be other opportunities to raise the subject again.
You may have heard that your child needs to “hit bottom” or “has to want help,” in order to get better and that any attempts to otherwise convince him or her to enter treatment is wasted breath. However, if your child expresses even a little willingness to engage with treatment — whether it’s a consultation with a health professional, attending an AA or NA meeting, or going to more intensive youth centred programs — it may be all the invitation you need to begin the conversation and get them the help they need.
Here's a list of resources to help you find options for treatment: