Addiction can consume a person’s life and make it difficult to appreciate loved ones. Father’s Day is a chance to show your love for Dad and thank him for supporting you no matter what. Reaching out to your father on this day may be a step toward recovery.
The Impact Of Addiction And Recovery On Fathers
When a child suffers from addiction, their parents suffer too. Fathers often feel fear of what will happen to their child, guilt that they couldn’t protect them, and even anger at the child or their behavior.
Many people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol steal money from their fathers, lie to them and become emotionally distant. Broken trust and lack of respect are heartbreaking for a dad who has always tried to do what’s best for his son or daughter.
Fathers tend to feel responsible for guiding their children in the right direction. When someone abuses drugs or alcohol, their dad may beat himself up for not being a good enough role model, or not being strong enough to save them.
At the same time, the best thing a dad can do for an addicted child is to avoid enabling them. This sometimes means kicking them out of the house. Refusing to enable is a way that fathers love and support their child’s recovery, even though it doesn’t feel that way to the child.
No matter what a son or daughter goes through with substance abuse, their father loves them and longs for a positive relationship with them. Through the best times and the worse, a dad is always there for his children.
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Rebuilding A Relationship With Dad
Support from loved ones is essential to success in recovery. Dad is one of your top advocates and can be a strong member of your support system. But you may need to earn his trust back first.
Father’s Day is a place to start. Reach out to Dad on this special day and be the kid you used to be, or at least be the grown-up version of the person he used to know. This holiday can be the beginning of a new relationship.
Your dad wants you to recover from addiction and avoid relapse so you can live a happy, fulfilling life. Even during recovery, the threat of relapse may be in the back of his mind.
One way to increase your chances of long-term success is family therapy, which focuses on healing the family as a whole.
Family therapy brings loved ones together to fix broken relationships and rebuild trust. It also encourages family members to understand your unique struggle with addiction and how to help you through it.
Through family therapy, a father can gain a fresh perspective that leads the way to forgiveness.
Loving Dad On Father’s Day
While Father’s Day can be a start to a better life for you, it’s not about you. It’s a day to focus on Dad and show that you love and appreciate him.
Most dads just want to spend time with their children and be recognized for the support they provide. Going with Dad to do something he enjoys is a great way to make him feel special. Put yourself aside for the day and think of how you can bring him joy.
Self-Care On Father’s Day
It can be challenging for a father to stop thinking about his addicted son or daughter and live his own life. He may be consumed with the desire to help and the frustration of having no control.
Father’s Day is a reminder for dads to take care of themselves, too. When a father’s needs are met, he can be a better dad, husband, partner, and friend.
Self-care takes different forms depending on the individual. Some dads benefit from spending time alone, while others are rejuvenated by social time with friends or family.
Support groups for family members, such as Al-Anon or Nar-Anon, can also be a form of self-care. These groups of people whose loved ones struggle with alcohol or drug abuse can offer comfort and hope.
Father’s Day is an opportunity for children and fathers to pause the worries of everyday life and enjoy living in the moment together. Take a moment to celebrate your dad this Father’s Day. He’s earned it.