This time of the year is one of the most difficult for parents of an addicted child.
Parents wait in quiet desperation, both hoping and dreading that their child may attend family gatherings and other holiday functions.
Will their loved one be there to open gifts and share in the joy and love?
Will their hearts be torn to see that child “under the influence” or witness the damaging effects of the substance of choice?
If that child is clean and sober instead, will they witness one that is distant, emotionless, and removed from the love of this special family time?
Yet, the fear and sadness parents feel when their child is absent due to the disease of addiction is beyond description. They may be worrying, not knowing whether that child is gravely ill or injured or even still alive.
They may have lost hope and mourn as if that child was really dead. The grief is the same, the pain is endless.
If you are a family member or friend of parents whose child is addicted I would encourage you to ask about the child and let the parents know you are keeping them and their child in your prayers.
Expressing your sincere concern and offer of prayers will likely prove to be one of the greatest gifts they will receive this Christmas.