Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

How to Tell your Parents You’re Addicted to Drugs

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction is a trap that many teens and young adults face. Unfortunately, with rising rates of drug use among teens and college students, it is a trap that you might have fallen into. It is difficult to know where to turn when you realize that you are addicted to drugs or alcohol. One place to turn is your parents, particularly when you are underage. Depending on your relationship with them, this might be difficult.

Who to Ask

Who to ask depends on your relationship with your parents. If you feel your relationship is closer to your mother then ask her. If your relationship is closer to your father then ask him. Remember that either parent or even a grandparent or guardian loves you and will most likely want to help.

It is important that you choose the person that you feel comfortable talking to. If you do not feel comfortable, you will be more likely to back out of the conversation or not have it entirely. The key is to make sure that the person you tell is going to listen.

Where to Tell your Parents

Tell your Parents

Make sure to discuss your addiction in a comfortable and quiet place, where your parents can easily listen to you.

Choose the place that you confront your parents about your drug use carefully. While they are working or in a crowded area might seem like a good idea because the backlash might be less but these are definitely not ideal places.

You want to talk to them somewhere quiet and peaceful. This way you can make sure that they hear you and understand what you are trying to tell them. You are telling them because you need help. Make sure that they know that.

How to Tell Them

Telling anyone your secret is difficult. It will bring up all sorts of feelings of shame and guilt. You need to deal with these feelings as you talk to them. There is a formula for getting telling them that you might consider following. This is:

  • Identify – identify your problem. Tell them what drugs you are taking. Ask them to be open and not yell or criticize until you are done saying what you need to say.
  • Decide – decide on how you want to tell them. Sometimes just coming out and saying it isn’t a good idea. Sometimes you might have to lead up to it with examples or other things.
  • Explain – explain what you want. If you want off the drug, then tell them you want to look into rehabs and other types of treatment. Explain the reason why you are talking to them.
  • Talk – talk it out. Make sure they are listening when you say you need and want help. Most will listen and then help you decide on what the best course of action is.

This is just a model of what to say. The conversation has to be kept calm and reasonable otherwise you might not get the help that you need.

Benefits of Family in Recovery

What if it Does Not Work?

If speaking to your parents did not help or they were too upset to listen you can still get help, including tips on how to get them to listen. Call us at 800-481-6320.

More Rehab Centers Resources

The Dangers of Combining Cocaine and Alcohol during the Holidays

As disparate as cocaine and alcohol may be in effect, cocaine and alcohol seemingly balance each other out, with one substance smoothing out the effects of the other. While the combined “high” produced by these two substances may feel pleasant, this combination can be deadly when ingested on a frequent basis. The holidays offer a….

Continue reading

Alcohol Addiction From Start to Finish

Understand alcohol addiction and abuse problems!

Alcohol addiction doesn’t just happen over night yet still for some it’s just not something that is noticed right away. Alcohol addiction has many stages from the start of alcohol addiction to the final stages which can ultimately result in death. Left untreated, alcohol addiction can become a major crisis for both the alcoholic and….

Continue reading

5 Ways Catholic Rehab Centers Will Transform Your Life

spirituality and addiction recovery

According to a study from the NCBI, “Individuals recovering from addictions frequently cite spirituality as a helpful influence.” Catholic rehab centers can help recovering addicts by providing both traditional treatment methods and holistic ones, combining the benefits of the medical and the spiritual. And, in many ways, these types of facilities can transform your entire….

Continue reading

How Aftercare will Help Your Heroin Recovery

heroin addiction recovery

Choosing to attend an aftercare program after your formal treatment has ended can actually make an incredible difference in the success of your heroin addiction recovery. Many individuals choose to forgo this option, but transition is a necessary part of recovery, so much so that it can actually protect you from relapse. Consider choosing an….

Continue reading

Importance of Exercise at Drug Rehab Centers

Getting exercise can help you throughout your recovery at a drug rehab center.

Exercise works to improve a range of bodily functions, heals emotionally and spiritually and helps individuals who are recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol to start a new routine that is physically and emotionally beneficial. Today, most drug rehab centers incorporate some type of exercise program into their treatment programs to help strengthen the….

Continue reading

5 Ways Eating Disorder Rehab Helps You Improve Your Body Image

eating disorder awareness

Eating Disorders and the Brain Eating disorders are extremely problematic to an individual and their family, especially when treatment is not received in time. Eating disorders normally stem from a person’s poor and distorted body image of their self. For example, people with anorexia typically believe they are overweight and need to lose weight, even….

Continue reading

Tips for Success in Alcohol Rehab

Find an alcohol rehab center that will help you recover!

If you’ve decided to seek the help of an alcohol rehab program then you’ve already made a very big and promising decision about your well-being. The next step is to make sure that your treatment and rehabilitation is a success. Here are a few tips for success in alcohol rehab that should keep you motivated….

Continue reading

The Importance of Treatment in Meth Addiction Recovery

meth addiction treatment

According to the NIDA, “Long-term methamphetamine abuse has many negative consequences, including addiction.” Because the drug is so potent and its effects are so intense, recovery from methamphetamine addiction can take a very long time and be extremely precarious. This is why rehab is such an important part of meth addiction recovery. We can help….

Continue reading

5 Ways Alcohol Treatment Centers Help You Heal

alcohol abuse help

Do you have a drinking problem? Are you ready to put this behind you once and for all? If so, checking into an alcohol treatment center may be the best decision you ever make. By doing so, you will get the help you need without any further delay. While some people understand the basics of….

Continue reading

Why go to a Specialized Rehab?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment needs to be personalized in order for it to work. Each drug acts differently and each person with an addiction is an individual. With hundreds of drug addictions and dual diagnosis combinations it is important to find the treatment center that works with your individual addiction…..

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This