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Family Action Plans: How to Help Your Children Struggling with Drug Addiction

Having a child that is struggling with a drug addiction can be an exhausting and heartbreaking situation for a parent. Even after you’ve done everything you can at home to help your child, unfortunately the problem may still continue. While offering guidance, love, adequate attention, and strong boundaries are important, sometimes outside intervention is necessary. Fortunately, there are treatment programs available for individuals battling substance abuse problems as well as family members who have been negatively affected by their loved one’s dependency.

Outside Intervention

You may be a parent who has done everything you can to help your child. You’ve given your child an abundance of love, rules, guidelines, and boundaries. Even so, your child continues to struggle with his addiction. According to, young people often cannot stop using drugs on their own because repeated drug use changes the brain’s chemistry. Drugs and alcohol change the parts of the brain needed for memory, decision-making, and sound judgement. Quitting can be nearly impossible for those who have abused drugs long enough. If you’ve exhausted all other options, a drug abuse treatment program can help your struggling child beat his addiction. Treatment programs and interventions provide consultation and assistance that aggressively gets to the root of the problem and helps the individual find strength to overcome his or her dependency. In addition to treatment for addicts, there are also sessions available for parents who are struggling to cope with their child’s addiction.

Finding the Right Treatment Program

There are different treatment options available for a person who is battling drug addiction. Family sessions include a few select members of family to join the intervention with the loved one, while individual sessions focus on private, one-on-one treatment for the child. Kick Recovery Coaching offers individual, family, and business interventions. They also offer Family Action Plans that focus on the family members and their path to recovery. Addiction can be just as hard on parents and these plans help parents cope with the stress and overcome personal obstacles.

If your loved one is struggling with an addiction they cannot beat on their own, intervention is crucial. The sooner the problem is addressed, the better your child’s chance of a speedy recovery. Furthermore, counseling for parents and family members is often needed as substance abuse issues can tear families apart and wreak havoc on personal relationships. With perseverance, dedication, and the right treatment program, addiction can be overcome and families can feel at ease.

Tim Esterdahl

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