As a parent, you did your best to teach your child right from wrong. You’ve brought them up in church. You did your best to monitor their friends and activities. Yet, your child was somehow introduced to drugs or alcohol. Now, you face helping your child beat substance abuse. Your faith is essential in not only getting your child through a Christian rehab program in South Florida, but it is also a source of strength for you as a parent. Below are some important things to remember as your child works toward sobriety.
Faith Assures Us That We Are Never Alone
Romans 8:28 (NIV) assures us that “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” While you may not feel that anything good can come out of your present situation, God assures us that all things work toward a positive purpose. First, your child is working toward sobriety, which is always a good thing. Perhaps God is using this situation to make your family closer, to strengthen your testimony, or “growing” your child as a person and a Christian. God also assures us that we are never alone, not even in the worst situations. 2 Timothy 4:17 tells us “The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.” Allow God to give you strength as you go through this valley in life. Enlist your friends and church family in praying for your situation. You might also seek some counseling with your pastor. Being able to speak to someone confidentially who is also a Christian can help strengthen you as you help your child through this situation. Remember the “Footprints” poem – when there was one set of footprints, it was then that the Lord carried His child.
Learn to Let Go
This will be the toughest part of your journey. You must accept that your child’s situation is a result of his or her choices. Nothing you did or didn’t do could have changed the present situation. You must not blame yourself or second guess your parenting. The most important thing to do is to be there for your child, be accepting, and welcome your child with open arms at all times. Remember, God has also dealt with prodigal children Himself. There is no better source of comfort than His presence at this time. However, you and your child cannot move forward if you hold on to hurt and blame yourself for your child’s situation.
Again, your pastor is a great source of support at this time. Being able to pray with your pastor as he counsels you is a great source of comfort for many parents. He may also be able to suggest a group of Christian parents who are in a similar situation. If so, joining a group that provides support and understanding for your situation will also give you the strength to make it through this trying time.
Finally, do not let your own health go while you walk through this journey. It is important for you to take care of yourself, find adequate support with parents in a similar situation, lean on your pastor for Christian counseling, and ground yourself in God’s word regarding trials in life. You and your child will be able to look back and look at this situation as a positive one day.