Get Help Now!  

  800.815.3910 

  Available 24/7   

The road to recovery starts here! Trusted, confidential help available 24/7. Speak with an addiction treatment specialist anytime. Please call us now at 800-815-3910!




How can we help our son?

by Jannet

My 20 year old is addicted to Xanax and marijuana but he won't admit he has a problem. My husband and i need help dealing with him.

We need help?

Comments for How can we help our son?

Click here to add your own comments

Legally, he is an adult so your likely have fewer options.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Jannet,

I'm so very sorry that your son is struggling with addiction. Many people believe that marijuana and Xanax are fine and don't realize that they are very addictive and harmful especially when both are being abused.

Drug addiction is a disease of the brain and addiction often changes our personality convincing us that we have no problems and that drugs are GOOD for us. Because drugs attack our brain we can be in denial about our problems for years and truly not see how harmful the drugs really are. Sadly, it sounds like this is where your son is at.

When the brain is being controlled by drugs, it can be VERY difficult to convince the addict to get the help for their addiction that they need.
That's where the term "tough love" comes in. It is so difficult to watch our children struggle and suffer, but with addiction it is often necessary to do in order for them to break the denial.

I HIGHLY recommend that you and your husband join Al-anon immediately and learn as much as you can about drug and alcohol addiction. When you attend meetings you should work the 12 steps and find a sponsor who has helped their child through drug addiction.

Al-anon will help you set proper boundaries with your son so that you can continue to love your son but "HATE" his addiction. You'll learn how to avoid enabling his drug abuse in any way so that hopefully he can move past this and live a happy joyous and free life.

Good Luck,

Debbie

Click here to add your own comments

Do you have a question or story? It's easy to ask your question or submit your story. How? Simply click here to return to Al-anon.

and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8


Subscribe to our Drug-Addiction-Support.org weekly email:

Recent Articles

  1. Drug Addiction Drug Abuse

    Jan 17, 19 09:40 AM

    Drug Addiction Drug Abuse how do you tell the difference and does it matter?

    Read More

  2. Why Detox?

    Jan 16, 19 09:24 AM

    Why Detox?: Often the first step in addiction recovery is dextoxification because it removes the harmful drugs from your system.

    Read More

  3. Suboxone Detox

    Jan 15, 19 09:34 AM

    Suboxone Detox is a way to withdraw from opiate addiction, learn what Suboxone is and how it works...

    Read More

Follow us on Twitter #AddictionSuport