This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel.
Tracy and Teri discuss the tough topic of parenting kids who have an addiction. Teri shares insights from her experiences.
- Teri has two kids who have struggled with addiction. It has been an ongoing battle for fifteen years.
- Addiction is complex. It’s unique to each person and it’s more complicated than you might think. It’s important for parents to research and find resources for understanding why addiction happens and how it affects everyone involved.
- It’s also important to understand the varying treatments options that exist. Once you realize treatment is necessary in helping your loved one, then you need to find the right kind of treatment that will work. Be prepared to make some mistakes before you find the right treatment.
- The idea of hitting rock bottom is also different for each person. As parents, we wish for the rock bottom because we think that means your loved one will get help. But the truth is, many people can hover right above rock bottom and still function. You may think your child has hit rock bottom once they go to jail, but that still may not be a motivator for them to get help.
- Teri’s ultimate hope comes from her relationship with God. She finds refuge in worship music and in God’s Word. Matthew 11:28-30 has been a comforting passage for Teri through this challenging journey.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Describe your experience with addiction. What has proven most challenging to you up to this point?
- How do you relate to Teri’s story?
- What has your experience taught you about addiction thus far?
- What have you learned about the various treatment options that are available? What has proven to be confusing? What has proven to be helpful?
- What is your understanding of the “rock bottom” idea? Has the addict in your life ever hit that point? Explain.
- What are your biggest fears for your child? Where do you find comfort?
- Read Matthew 11:28-20. What burdens do you need to give over to the Lord? How does this passage comfort and encourage you?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.