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Information for Parents: Getting Help for Addiction

Topic Overview

​​​Are you worried that your child has a problem with alcohol, drugs or gambling? Are you feeling stuck, scared or lost? Are you feeling like things are out of your control? Do you feel like there’s nothing more you can do?

You know your child better than anyone else. Because of this, you can do more for yourself and your child than anyone else can. But everyone has a time when they need help from someone else. If you are concerned that your child has an addiction problem, talk to your healthcare provider. They can help you to learn about the signs of an addiction problem, rule out any possible medical conditions or other mental health problems, and, if needed, they can refer you to an addictions counsellor.

Can an addiction counsellor help?

Many people have been down this road before—you don’t have to figure out the next step by yourself. A counsellor can help you find the best way to talk to your child about their alcohol and drug use or gambling. They can also help you help yourself. Taking care of yourself and staying healthy is an important part of your child's recovery.

Current as of: March 2, 2017

Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services