Drug Counselor Video Transcription
“We have parents come into our facility kind of challenged by how much trauma has impacted their family by their sons or daughters drug use and they feel pretty guilty about how the rest of the children have been treated, as they have been trying to support their son or daughter through this terrible disease called alcoholism or drug dependency.
I think the best advice we usually give parents is be really frank, really be honest with your kids about the situation, don’t try to hide it. Let them know that this is a health care issue that it is a chronic disease, there are really no known cures but with lots of treatment and lots of support your brother or your sister can actually get better.
It is our hope all the time that families will approach this in terms of being quite honest with each other about what the situation is. For example, we encourage families to get to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Family counseling is really important, so the little brothers and sisters can really understand that my brother or sister is a bad person but they are actually suffering from a disease, something that is a health issues and the family has to come together and try to make sure that that kid is OK.
Finally, I guess that the last thing I would say to a parent is it is really important for the whole family to recognize that the long a brother or sister can stay in drug treatment the more opportunities they will be able to have to get for example; their high school diploma, to get a job. In other words, the longer they are able to be sober the more opportunity they will be able to have to do things throughout their lives.”
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