When was the point when you accepted your child had a drug or alcohol problem?

Part 5 of the series, What Parents Need to Know: “Hope Academy Parents Share Their Experiences”

“Once we had our eyes open to it. Saying that we “accepted” it would be too generous. We fought it, we resisted it, etc, anything not to have to come to grips with it. It’s scary and overwhelming so I think most families try to deny it.”

“She then went to rehab a second time in another state. It was during a parent education weekend at that facility that I finally understood the disease of addiction and that she definitely was an addict and it would be part of her and our lives forever.”

“It wasn’t one exact moment but every time her drug use affected her grades, relationships, or any other aspect of her life…it became more and more clear that she needed help.”