My Child Is in Treatment. Now what?

My Child Is in Treatment. Now what?

You must have some form of outlet to relieve built-up stress, or it will pile up and overwhelm you

One of the most difficult things you can face as a parent is to see your child struggle with a drug addiction to drugs like Xanax. You may even feel a bit helpless or overwhelmed with the situation. You may blame yourself and focus on your own flaws. You might start to ask many questions about what you should have or could have done differently. Instead of beating yourself up, one of the best things you can do is accept the situation. Instead of spending your time looking backwards, you need to move forward. Some steps you can take now that your loved one is in treatment include the following:

Educate Yourself About Treatment and the Recovery Process

When you do this, you will be able to set reasonable expectations. Please know you are not alone. It is known that Xanax addiction is a real problem as 2.6 million people will abuse prescription drugs for the first time this year. show close to 125,000 people go to the emergency room every year due to Xanax complications. Some may assume that your child is cured after going to rehab, but this is simply not the case. Once you find out more about the recovery process, you will see that recovery is actually a lifelong journey.

One great way to find out more information is to talk to a therapist or counselor. That may sound a little overwhelming at first, but it really is easy. You can call the helpline and talk to a counselor for free right now just to get more information. You can find a lot of information online about the recovery process as well, but it really is best to talk to someone in person. When you do this, you can get clarification and have the ability to ask specific follow-up questions. Very rarely are webpages able to answer your specific questions. Ask for a referral from your doctor or a friend you trust.

Take Care of Yourself Mentally and Physically

Express how you feel to someone. You must have some form of outlet to relieve built-up stress, or it will pile up and overwhelm you. It is very normal to focus your energy toward your loved one, but in many cases, when you do that, you likely neglect your own needs. Creativity can be a great way to express your emotions. Activities such as painting, journaling or even music can completely change your attitude and in turn this can completely change your perspective. Take good care of yourself, and make it a priority. Do not hesitate to talk with a therapist or counselor. Exercise regularly as it will help you both physically and mentally.

Get Support from Others Who Have Experience

One of the best steps you can take is to get some hands-on experience from others who have been in your shoes. When you find a support group like Al-Anon (while this group is originally for family and friends of alcoholics), there will still be a lot of overlap with those who suffer from drug addiction. Consider going to an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting as well. Some of the meetings are called open meetings, which means they are open to everyone.

When you go to these groups, feel free to just listen. You do not have to talk. You will learn a lot just from listening. In some areas, there may be meetings available for Nar-Anon, which is specifically for narcotics. When you know you are not alone, you have support, and then you can find hope.

Be Intentional Not to Change Your Entire Life for the Addict

It is important to still have healthy routines and habits. This means you still do the things you enjoy to do before your child’s Xanax addiction surfaced. Hang out with your friends, and go out to dinner. Try to keep a schedule as opposed to allowing your life to revolve around the recovery of your child. Keep in mind that you can only control yourself, no one else. You will not be able to help if you are unhappy and stressed. You are not living your own life if how you feel is focused on the life of someone else. When you find a healthy balance in your life, you will be able to make healthy decisions and also be the best version of yourself.

Again, please keep in mind that addiction to drugs like Xanax is a lifelong disease. Your child will experience ups and downs in living a sober life. In many cases, there can be relapses even after periods of sobriety. Open, honest communication and continued treatment are often the best ways to improve quality of life for both your and your loved one. If you are facing a challenging time yourself, do not hesitate to call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline for support. When you talk through your problems, you will find in many cases that you feel much better and have peace of mind that will help you move forward.

Are you ready to seek treatment?

If you are ready to beat a Xanax addiction and start a new life in recovery then we can help. We have admission counselors standing by 24 hours a day to take your email, live chat request, or phone call to get you in the addiction treatment center that best fits your unique & specific needs.