Are You the Parent of an Addicted Child?

Are you the parent of an addicted child? I am too. It is heartbreaking when something happens to your child and you feel unable to help them. Drug abuse is one of the hardest things to deal with concerning your child. My child is a recovering heroin addict. I was under the assumption that because my children saw what alcoholism and drug abuse did to me, and to them, that somehow they were exempt from using drugs and alcohol. I felt if I was open to talking to them and hearing from them on any subject from drugs to sex that I would do a better job than my own parents did. My motto was always that they could come to me with any problem and I wouldn’t judge them. I am only recently hearing about things that hurt them that I knew nothing about, had nothing to do with me, and no, they didn’t feel that they could have talked to me. Do not blame yourself if your child is a drug addict. As AA would say “live in the solution” not the problem.

There is a fantastic organization called Teen Challenge. It is a faith based, Christ centered program founded by David Wilkerson in 1958. He felt called by God to leave his ministry in Pennsylvania and move to New York City to work among teenage drug addicted gang members. One teenager, named Nicky Cruz, literally changed his life with the help of David Wilkerson and his message about the saving grace of Christ. There is a book called “The Cross and the Switchblade” written by David Wilkerson with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. This story can’t help but touch your life if you read it. Drug Abuse is a nasty, dark problem facing people all over the world. We can ignore the ugliness of it, but it won’t go away. Teen Challenge has programs in almost every state in this country and many other places around the world.

Drug addicted people are crying out for help. It may not seem so, when we see the ugliness of drug addiction on their faces, and in their words. The hardness in the demeanor of your child is covering up all the pain they are in. Alcoholics Anonymous has many wonderful slogans that have helped me immensely. One of their slogans is, “Don’t give up before the miracle happens”. This slogan is so true. Our children were miracles when they were born and they are still miracles.

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