With increasing peer pressure and negative influences in the society these days, finding your child spiralling down the wrong way might not be as rare a case. What will start as ‘just a try’ might become regular consumption of alcohol, cigarettes or drug, followed by addiction, abuse and later.. stigma!
While most parents will exert all their efforts towards getting the child out of addiction, or even prevent it in the first place, helping him handle the societal stigma is also equally important. From being called rude names to being scorned upon by others, stereotyped and discriminated, he will have many difficulties to face, in addition to the shame and guilt he might already be facing due to his addiction.
An article in TeensHealth says, “Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction doesn't end with a 6-week treatment program. It's a lifelong process. Many people find that joining a support group can help them stay clean. There are support groups specifically for teens and younger people.” This piece also says that the best way to help your child battle addiction and stigma is through understanding how difficult the recovery can be and offering your relentless support to him throughout.
However, the key to reducing the discrimination and stigma that your child will experience is through education and awareness. Flip through this ClipBook for more information.
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