Rebooting Your Life
The 7 C’s That Help Children Heal From Your Alcohol Addiction
Your children are the ones most affected by your alcohol addiction. Children exposed to their parent’s addiction are more likely to abuse alcohol later in their life.
As you go through the recovery process from liquor abuse, help your children heal from the trauma. Here are the 7 C’s that are crucial for their recovery.
#1 Addiction can’t be cured.
Your alcohol addiction cannot be solved in one snap. Despite your commitment to your recovery, it takes time to overcome your addiction to booze.
Although it takes a long time, explain to your children that time doesn’t matter as long as you will be treated and you’ll be healthier and happier. Further say that starting a recovery is the initial step to a drug-free life.
#2 They are not the Cause.
Substance addiction has a very strong impact to your offsprings. After seeing you drunk and wasted many times, they may feel that it was their fault that they were not able to stop you from drinking.
When they start feeling guilty, the effects of addiction can be seen in children. Their self confidence diminishes. They also feel depressed and neglected.
#3 They can’t control it.
Your children, even when they are young and small know when their parents are sad, depressed or are in pain. You may hear from them asking you, if you are sad and if they can do something to change your mood.
However, alcohol addiction is not something that they can change or control. Let your children realize that you need professional help and support from your family to help you get through it.
#4 Communicate your children’s feelings.
While you face your recovery, help your children handle the stress brought by your liquor abuse. They also need someone or something to let go of the feelings inside them.
Remember that your children are witness of your alcohol addiction. They are exposed to certain trauma that needs to be addressed by a medical professional. Help your child overcome the trauma by seeking the help of an addiction specialist or someone who have knowledge and concern about your battle with alcohol abuse.
#5 Care for them.
Let your children care for themselves. As they witnessed your drinking, they may have seen you wasted, drunk and unconscious. They may have seen you untidy and unable to manage yourself due to alcohol intoxication.
Reverse binge drinking by teaching your children on how they can start caring for themselves. Begin by telling your children to eat nutritious foods such as vegetables and fruits; to bath everyday; or to brush their teeth after every meal.
#6 Let your child begin to pick healthy options.
Despite the bad experience they had with your drinking, let your children see that there are still many beautiful things ahead of them. There are many things that can make them happy. Talk to your children about enjoying the things that they love such as enjoying the beach; biking; or watching movies.
Healing from your alcohol addiction is not easy, but it is achievable. You can conquer it as well as your children, who were the ones who received the greatest sufferings because of your uncontrollable drinking.
Once you overcome it, celebrate life with your loved ones. Treat your children to see their favorite musical show or bring them somewhere, where everyone will enjoy.