I was recently contacted by a great resource for children who have lost parents do addiction, Boca Recovery Center. Their website is bocarecoverycenter.com. I personally lost my own father to alcohol addiction about 15 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. Even before I lost him, I was mainly raised by my stepdad, and my father was more like a fun uncle due to his addiction and mental illness. We also did not speak the last three years of his life. It is something that stays with you forever and affects your entire life, even after they are gone. Boca Recovery has a guide for children of Addicted Parents below I wanted to share. I do want to add in addition to this below, that no matter how much you do or how much you love them, ultimately someone has to choose to accept help. You need to set boundaries to protect your own mental health in the process of trying to help them. The only thing you can control is taking care of yourself and your own mental and physical health, seeking help you may need for dealing with their addiction, breaking the generational curse, and getting help yourself early if you realize you suffer with addiction as well, or avoiding possible addictions/triggers in the first place if possible and trying to pass the same onto the next generation.
“Trying to cope with a parent’s addiction can be extremely difficult. We at Boca Recovery Center understand that struggle and wanted to help by creating an in-depth guide for Children of Addicted Parents. This guide includes important information like breaking the stigma, finding help outside of the home, talking with your parent, and more. Please take a look here: https://bocarecoverycenter.com/addiction/guide-for-children-of-addicted-parents/“
Bio: Amanda Dodson Gremillion published her first book in 2012. She began revising it in 2019 and republished it as Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine. The story chronicles her experience with severe postpartum OCD, anxiety and depression. Amanda is a graduate of Auburn University, and now lives in Calera, Alabama, with her husband, Jay, their daughter, Aubrie, and their two dogs, Honey Girl and Cooper. She hopes to write more books in the future. Follow Amanda’s journey on Facebook, or twitter at https://twitter.com/AmandaGremilli2 and order her book here. Also, follow her on the Mighty here Amanda Dodson Gremillion | The Mighty Contributor or listen to her podcast here Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine • A podcast on Anchor . You can also find her on Instagram here Amanda Dodson Gremillion (@justbuyheradress) • Instagram photos and videos.