This guide was written by the parent of an addict, who hoped that as a by-product, the exercise would prove to be cathartic.
Its primary purpose however, is to help other parents who are faced with the pain and anguish of this all too common problem.
I fully realise that every case of addiction is different, but without doubt, common patterns frequently emerge.
Every parent wants to proactively help their child recover from this condition, but often find it difficult to find clear advice as to how they can help. This publication is intended to act as a sort of road map which will help them to navigate some of the problems they may encounter.
If knew then what I know now, I am convinced that my son’s recovery would have begun much sooner, and would have probably been more successful. I freely admit to my long lasting ignorance of addiction, and to my slow learning curve that would have better equipped me to be of greater help.
Like it or not, as a parent, we ARE deeply involved in our child’s journey to recovery (regardless of their age) -- if for no other reason than the fact that their health and happiness problems impinge heavily on our own health and happiness.
We love them unconditionally, but they frequently exasperate and anger us when they fail to take our common sense advice, and fail to show any glimmer of an instinct for self-survival.
Whilst reading this publication, please always try to remember that an addict never “chooses” to be an addict, anymore than anyone would choose to be diabetic, epileptic or physically disabled.
Nobody who flirts with a recreational drug, and this includes alcohol, expects that particular drug to eventually control and then to ruin their lives!!
The summary that follows is intended to be objective.
The contents that follow the summary however, will inevitably be rather more subjective because they represent my experience.
I would like to thank those addicts and parents of addicts who I consulted about this publication. Their helpful feedback enabled me to make a few valuable changes to the final text.
Finally I would like to thank my son who after reading the final draft gave it his ringing endorsement. Without his unhesitating approval I would not have proceeded to publication.
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