Nov. 12, 2022
By Pastor David Vivas Jr., World Harvest International Church, Delano
Many are struggling with addiction to alcohol, opioids, meth, narcotics, and other illegal drugs. Family and friends don’t know what to do to help their loved one overcome addiction.
It is, unfortunately, not uncommon for a mother or father to go looking for their teen or adult child at night. When their child does not respond to a phone call or text from a family member, worry sets in. Nights can be long as a parent waits for their child to come home.
The first step to overcoming addiction is when the addict admits to it and their need for help. Family members wanting to help a loved one should not enable someone with an addiction by giving them money or not holding them accountable for wrong actions.
As long as a child lives in your home (regardless of their age) you should set standards and consequences if they violate your standards at home. A parents’ worse nightmare is to fear of the death of their child. A parent feels at a loss helping their struggling child or family member.
Help is available for the addict, but they, the addict, must want help. You, the family member, or friend of an addict must give them an ultimatum to get help for their addiction. Once they admit to needing help, contact me at 661-721-0111 and I can point you in the direction to enroll them in a rehabilitation program at no cost.
Parents, grandparents or relative of an addict, you are not alone in being desperate in getting help for your loved one struggling with drugs and alcohol. Many are going through the same. My prayer is for your loved one to receive deliverance and the addiction to be broken by the power of God.
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