Father’s Day is just around the corner and the country will celebrate dads old and new. Raising a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences one can go through. For fathers managing both a child and a struggle with addiction, enjoying their parenting can be a challenge. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be! With the right knowledge and treatment, anyone can overcome addiction and start enjoying their life to the fullest. It all starts with understanding the basics of addiction.
Addiction Impacts More People Than You Think
According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, over 53 million Americans aged 12 or older have used illegal drugs or abused prescription medication. Regarding alcohol abuse, nearly 15 million drinkers suffer from alcohol use disorder. While these numbers are high, it shows that addiction is nothing new and has garnered more attention and research in the last 5 years than the previous 50 combined. Your addiction is a known disease with proven methods to overcome it along with total support from massive communities dedicated to helping those facing addiction.
For dads in recovery, their biggest motivation is often a desire to overcome addiction for their child. This love is what keeps fathers working towards sobriety. The hard work to be their best version possible for their little one is why we celebrate Father’s Day! It can be difficult to stay focused on this goal with addiction creeping in wherever it can. We’ve put together some advice on how you can push cravings and impulses to the side without ignoring them.
Create a Support System Ahead of Time
Opening up to loved ones about addiction isn’t something many of us are prepared to do. As scary as it may seem, it’s one of the best ways you can confidently get through stressful times or events. If you have a spouse who supports you, keep them as updated on where you are mentally as possible. You’ll have an extra set of eyes and ears to help you identify and avoid potential triggers that would drive you to drugs or alcohol.
Single fathers can invite other dads or friends over to celebrate together to have an accountability partner. Even having someone you can call if needed can remind you that you’re not going through this alone. It can be anyone that you trust enough to let you focus on celebrating your role as a father instead of substance use.
Discover Your Path to Recovery
Whether you feel like your addiction has impacted your parenting or not, wanting to be the best dad possible going forward is the goal. There’s no way to change what’s already happened so focus on moving forward towards long-term sobriety. Striving to be a sober parent is met with open arms and the support of other sober parents. You’ll find that a sober life feels much more connected.
Be present for the good parenting moments, the times your child needs you and everything else in between through recovery. America’s Rehab Campus is here to help anyone overcome addiction and offers family therapy for families impacted. Bring your children and loved ones close and heal together. Reach out to our compassionate recovery staff today to get started.