There’s hope for your child’s recovery
It’s heartbreaking to watch the son or daughter that you watched grow up begin to disappear behind the symptoms of addiction, becoming someone that you sometimes scarcely recognize. Many parents of young adults dealing with addiction find it difficult to believe that things will ever get better. Today, I want you to know that recovery is possible. I also want to share information about how the recovery process works to empower you to be as helpful as possible to your child as you look toward walking through the recovery process with them.
Recovery Stage 1: Awareness
During this first stage of the process, you will notice that your son or daughter is starting to become aware that their addiction is a problem. This realization may come as a result of a conversation with a friend, the loss of a job or a relationship, a health-related issue, or another circumstance. Though they still engage in the same behaviors, your child will begin to acknowledge their addiction and that it may be a problem.
Recovery Stage 2: Consideration
Next you will notice your child beginning to imagine what recovery could look like, even though he or she is not yet actively seeking out treatment. Your son or daughter will begin to acknowledge that their addiction has hurt them, as well as those closest to them.
Recovery Stage 3: Exploration
In this stage, he/she may begin researching treatment options and will start to acknowledge that, while the recovery process will be difficult, it is necessary.
Recovery Stage 4: Early Recovery
During the early recovery stage, they will begin to change their behavior, usually with the help of a treatment program. A crucial part of the early recovery process will be for your son or daughter to develop a new way of life apart from their addictive behavior. Relapse is common during this phase, but it is possible to develop the knowledge, skills, and practices needed to move to the final phase of recovery.
Recovery Stage 5: Active Recovery and Maintenance
By the time they have reached this fifth stage, they will have done a considerable amount of work. He or she will also understand that staying clean or sober will probably require lifelong effort.
I hope you’ll spend some time today evaluating where your child is in the recovery process. Recovery is possible. How can you help them take the next step?
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