Addiction Recovery for Parents

Children living in homes with a parent affected by an addiction can frequently find life confusing, difficult and unpredictable.

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Making a decision to both be sober or control your substance use and be the best parent you can be is the best gift you can give your child. Living a happy life and cultivating coping skills for dealing with problems are essential lessons you’ll be able to pass on to your kids now that you’re in recovery.

Here are a few steps to help you:

  1. Practice self-care: to be the best possible parent, moms and dads first need to tend to their own needs. In order to help you and your kids, it’s critical for you to emphasize eating right, exercise, managing stress and getting a good night’s sleep.
  2. Be patient: be patient and understand that everyone needs time to adjust and make changes, just as you need time and their support in order to accomplish your goals.
  3. Make actions matter: if you’ve promised to change or do something with your kids or family, it is important to make a point to attempt to live up to any commitment you make.
  4. Spend time with your children: whether it’s going for a walk or playing ball with them, get on their level and support their interests.
  5. Show them your unconditional love: children will respond to your heartfelt expressions and displays of unconditional love, even if it doesn’t happen right away.

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