Sometimes, troubled adults need more help. Especially, those who are also responsible for minor children. So, for those of you who need help figuring what to do keep reading!
Get together some friends and talk about how to help this person succeed in recovering. Study about their condition and how it can affect children. Here are some other ways you can help.
- Get in contact with an agency, counselor, or pastor who specializes in the area your person is struggling to overcome. Meet with them and ask for advice and support.
- Talk to your recovering friend about your wanting to help or support them and the family as they go through recovery.
- Give them the information you found and encourage them to go see someone. Even go with them as a support.
- Offer to take the kids if the parent is feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
- Pay attention to the adult's mental and emotional state. If you see they are in need suggest they see someone and offer to take the kids.
- Discuss creating a family safety plan. Do this especially if the person is resisting help. If there is trouble the children need to have a plan. Do this both if the parent is supportive or resistant. If they are resistant keep the plan between you and the children. Here is a link to understanding and creating one. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7dhPgRTfzBNbTUxUWJ5aGJwMGs/edit?usp=docslist_api
Please remember you could be the difference between a troubled pparent getting this far out,of control and a parent who recovers and teaches the kids that as Randy Travis sings Tough times Don't last Tough People Do.
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