How Much Should I Tell My Kids about My Oxycodone Addiction?

How Much Should I Tell My Kids about My Oxycodone Addiction?As a parent you will have to have uncomfortable but important conversations with your children. These conversations start with early questions about how babies are made to discussions with teens about sex and relationships. One conversation that does not happen in every household is a conversation about a parent’s past or present struggles with oxycodone addiction. This is an important conversation for parents to have with their children, but they may avoid it due to a loss of words or worry about how their children may view them.

How to Talk to You Kids about Oxycodone Addiction

The following are basic guidelines and useful pointers designed to inform your child (based on a combination of his or her age and the parents’ discretion) about oxycodone addiction:

  • Explain to your children that your addiction is not their fault and that nothing they have done or ever will do will force you to use
  • Inform them that your oxycodone addiction is a disease and not a choice
  • Explain that everyone is made differently, and that your addiction may mean they are at greater risk for addiction
  • If you find yourself to be an addict because of a particular situation such as childhood trauma or a past or present environment, inform your children
  • Allow your children to ask questions, and inform them that whenever they want to discuss addiction they can come to you to do so
  • Teach your children to make healthy choices and explain to them that living a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle will help provide them with the skills to stay away from drugs
  • Explain that parents are people too and that you can make mistakes but will always love your children

How to Explain the Effects of Oxycodone Abuse

By discussing why you struggle with oxycodone addiction and providing your child with the appropriate information regarding the addiction, you are giving him or her vital information on how to deal with your disease. Some situations are too complex for children to handle if not prepared. As part of your discussion with your child, educate him or her about side effects and how being under the influence can change your demeanor. Make your child aware that oxycodone is a mind altering drug and that it can bring you to extreme levels of euphoria as well as extreme levels of sadness and depression. Explain that these mood swings are caused by the drug and not by your child.

Use this time to have a conversation with yourself. If you are still using oxycodone, ask yourself what you can do to become better for your children, your family, your friends and most importantly yourself. Consider treatment options that will allow you to provide the best future for your children. If you are in recovery, ask yourself how you can further your recovery and strengthen your resolve to live a clean and healthy life.

Help for Oxycodone Addiction

If you are ready to make a better future, or if you would like advice about how to talk to your children about addiction, call our toll-free helpline. We are here 24 hours a day to help you put oxycodone addiction in your past and be the best parent you can be.