How to Deal with an Addicted Parent

Published by Raffa Bari | Last updated: 11th November 2022

How to Deal with an Addicted Parent

No one wants to see their parent deal with a drug or alcohol addiction. As the child in the situation, you’re not alone. Many people across the UK have to deal with an addicted parent and it can be daunting to figure out how to get them the help they need.

Due to the complex nature of addiction and the danger it can cause, you need to make sure you’re prioritising your own safety and mental health while you seek help for a parent.

Whether you’re 16 or 60, there are steps you can follow to help you deal with an addicted parent.


Addicted parent

Does Your Parent Have a Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Before you intervene in someone’s life, it’s important to be able to spot the signs of drug or alcohol addiction. If you’re worried that your parent is struggling with substance abuse, there are certain behaviours to look out for.

Signs that your parent has a drug or alcohol addiction include:

  • They may have trouble keeping a job or paying the bills
  • There might be a lack of food in the house
  • They mistreat, neglect or abuse (both mentally and physically) their children
  • You or your siblings have to take care of them
  • They drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Their children may have to go to live somewhere else to be protected from their behaviour
  • Kids might have to live somewhere else to be protected or cared for
  • If they’re in a relationship, they might have fights with their partner or split up with them
  • Relatives or friends have stepped in to help

How You Can Help Your Addicted Parent

It can be difficult to think of how to go about helping an addicted parent, especially if you’re still living with them in a stressful, upsetting environment. Remind yourself that your parent’s addiction is not your fault and that you need to put your safety first.

Here at Cassiobury Court, we’re experts in drug and alcohol rehab, providing high-quality care and rehabilitation for people across the UK struggling with substance abuse. If you’re unsure of how to help your parent, you can contact our friendly team who can give you advice on navigating the situation.

If you have a parent who you feel requires help, call our team of experts on 0800 001 4070 or text HELP to 83222.


What Type of Support is Available for an Addicted Parent?

There are several support and treatment options for adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in the UK. These include:

Talking to a GP

Your parent’s GP or primary care doctor can assess their health and addiction patterns, and provide referrals if needed.

Residential treatments (rehab)

Also known as alcohol and drug rehab facilities, residential treatment provides on-site intensive treatment for various addiction problems over several weeks or months.

Behavioural treatments

Behavioural treatments can help your parent understand their problem, what’s causing it and what healthy coping mechanisms they can use to improve their mental and physical health.

Going to a support group

Support groups allow people struggling with addiction to share their stories with people who understand what they’re going through. Support groups have been shown to increase confidence and reduce feelings of isolation through meaningful social connections.


Tips for Dealing with an Addicted Parent

When dealing with an addicted parent, You need to protect your own safety and mental health. Here are some steps you can take to take care of yourself during a challenging time:

Acknowledge your emotions – It can be extremely upsetting, worrying and frustrating to deal with an addicted parent. However you’re feeling, it’s okay. If you feel it’s unsafe talking with your parent about their problem, try writing down your feelings to help you process what’s going on.

Talk to someone you trust – You don’t have to suffer in silence. Talk to a friend or a trusted adult like a teacher, doctor or family member. Confiding in someone will likely be a stress relief, and they may be able to support you in getting further help.

Prevent a cycle of addiction –  People who have addicted parents are statistically more likely to struggle with addiction themselves. Seeking help from a therapist or support group can help to prevent this down the line.


Family Referrals to Rehab for an Addicted Loved One

If you feel as though your parent is struggling or has become a danger to themselves and those around them, referring them to rehab may be the necessary next step to take.

Cassiobury Court is a specialist rehab centre based in Watford. We offer a wide range of facilities, treatments and therapies to help those struggling with addiction recover and heal.

We ensure that recovery from addiction is effective and long-lasting by working closely with all of our clients. Our specialist rehabilitation programme is tailor-made for each client to allow every person to get the proper support and care for their unique situation.

What can Cassiobury Court offer my addicted parent?

  • Full Clinical Assessment
  • Detox Medication & Treatments
  • 24/7 Recovery Staffing
  • Family Telephone Helpline
  • Tailored Recovery Plan
  • 12 Months FREE Aftercare
  • Family Intervention
  • Bespoke Day Case Options
  • Treatment To Suit All Budgets
  • Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre

How Can I Refer a Parent to Cassiobury Court?

At Cassiobury Court, we understand that witnessing your parent struggling with addiction can be devastating. We have many years of experience supporting families and helping them to rebuild their relationships during recovery.

If you’d like to find out more about referring a loved one for support, our expert team are here to answer any questions you may have.

Reach out to Cassiobury Court by calling 0800 001 4070, emailing us at or filling out our contact form.

Raffa Bari

Raffa Bari - Author Last updated: 11th November 2022

CQC Registered Manager

Raffa manages the day to day caring services here at Cassiobury Court. Dedicated to the treatment and well being of our visitors she is an outstanding mental health coach registered with BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). Raffa has outstanding experience in managing rehabs across the country and is vastly experienced at helping people recover from drug and alcohol addictions.