Last updated: November 27, 2023
Right now, there are millions of parents quietly struggling with a teen or young adult abusing drugs or alcohol. These parents not only have to cope with the worry, strain and hopelessness that teen substance abuse brings, but also agonize about what to do next. Is it finding treatment? Issuing ultimatums? And what do they tell their friends and relatives?
Having a child with a drug or alcohol problem can be very difficult any day of the year, but it’s especially hard during the holiday season. There’s just no way to “take a break” from the overwhelming struggle.
For most of us the holidays bring warm anticipation of family and cheer. For the millions of parents whose children are abusing drugs or alcohol, it brings little but dread.
But you can help change that feeling to hope by calling Drugfree.org‘s Parents Toll-Free Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE) which connects you to a licensed social worker who will listen, offer support and help make a plan for both you and your child.