I’m the Mother of a Cocaine Addict: What Should I Do?

Coming to grips with your child’s cocaine addiction can be painful. You want the very best for your child, and seeing him or her descend in the downward spiral of addiction can be a difficult experience. However, now that you know that the addiction is real, you can take some steps to not only help your child, but also help yourself.

Things to do as the mother of a cocaine addict:

  1. Recognize that you did not create the addiction, nor can you stop it. As a mom, you naturally wonder what you did that pushed your child toward cocaine. While your relationship with your child may need work, you did not cause the cocaine addiction. Furthermore, you cannot fix the problem. Recovery from cocaine takes hard work, diligence and the help of professionals trained in addiction rehab. You cannot force, cajole, guilt or shame your child into stopping cocaine use.
  2. Learn everything you can about cocaine addiction. Myths and stereotypes about addiction and addicts abound in today’s culture. Rather than relying on this misinformation, go to reputable sources to find out the truth about addiction. Organizations like the National Institute on Drug Abuse can be valuable resources.
  3. Get help for yourself. One of the most important things for you to do is to get the help you need to deal with the aftermath of the addiction. While your child works on his addiction issues and the roots associated with it, you must work on your own emotional, physical and spiritual health. Self-help groups that cater to families of recovering addicts can provide a place for healing, information and accountability. You may also want to consider seeing a therapist in a one-on-one or group setting.
  4. Help your child find resources. Once your child admits to having a problem with cocaine abuse, he will need to find professional help to deal with his addiction. Getting help from those trained in addiction recovery gives your child the best chance for long-term recovery. While in addiction recovery, your child will not only discover and deal with the underlying reasons for the cocaine addiction, but he will also learn the skills and knowledge necessary to counter triggers that could lead to relapse.
  5. Participate in a treatment center’s family program. Most addiction recovery programs involve family members at some point in your child’s recovery. Your active participation in these meetings will be an important element in his rehab. In these meetings, the family can discuss how addiction recovery will impact family dynamics. You will also learn how to relate to each other in healthier ways.

These are just a few of the steps you need to take as a mother of a cocaine addict. You will need to take other steps depending on whether or not your child gets help for his addiction.

Getting Help For Your Cocaine Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with a cocaine addiction, we can help. You can call our toll free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators about treatment options and together, you can determine how to proceed. We can check with your insurance to see what is covered under your plan. Call us today and start on the road of recovery.

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