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Mother’s Day: A Gift of Love to My Children
No matter how you slice it, a mother’s love is powerful. We’d lay down our lives for our children and, naturally, we want nothing less than the best for them. Of course, that includes the desire to keep them far from the sharp claws of addiction.
Protecting Your Children
As time marches on, the drugs of abuse continue changing. Gone are the days when the only drugs we worried about were marijuana and alcohol. Today’s kids are bombarded with strange drugs made of poisonous household chemicals or toxic substances sold as “plant food.”
As loving mothers, it’s our job to educate ourselves about drug abuse trends; we must do what we can to protect and prepare our children. And one of the best ways to do that is through honest and open conversation.
With an all-consuming love and a burning desire to see my children succeed in life, I set out to establish an early line of communication between mother and child. I decided to do that by writing a letter, but you can start the conversation however it feels best for you and your family.
A Letter to My Children
Dear Precious Blessings,
Mother’s Day is almost here and I feel so honored to be a mom – to be your mom! I love you both so much and that’s why I want to share a few important things with you.
This world is filled with so many good things, but it’s also got its share of bad things. One day in the future, you will be approached by a “friend” who wants you to try drugs and/or alcohol. Mark my words, little ones; true friends will never push you to do things that are bad for you.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: ‘But I would never try drugs, Mom!’ Believe it or not, I said the same thing when I was a kid. And despite that pledge, I gave in to peer pressure and made the stupid decision to experiment with drugs. I’m not going to sugarcoat things; I want to be upfront and straightforward with you about this issue. I want you to feel comfortable talking to me anytime you have questions or problems.
When it comes to drugs, drug abuse and addiction, here’s what I’ve learned and what I’m compelled to pass along to you – my precious children.
- Drugs are highly addictive; before you realize it, you can become hooked. You’re both so intelligent and you have so much to offer the world. Don’t screw it up by taking drugs.
- People who offer you drugs or try to convince you that it’s “cool” to try drugs do not care about you. As a matter of fact, they don’t even care about themselves while they’re abusing drugs.
- Addiction is real! So many kids turn to drugs and alcohol because they’re trying to “escape” feelings or situations that make them sad or unhappy. The truth is that drug abuse never makes things better – it actually makes you feel worse in the end.
- You two are so loving; you’re fun to be around and absolutely full of life! If you were to let an addiction take over, your precious spirits – your hopes and dreams – would essentially go down the drain. I don’t want either of you let drugs steal your joy and happiness!
- Lastly, I am always here for you! I want you to know you can come to me with anything and everything! Nothing is off limits. Talk to me about drugs and alcohol! Tell me when someone approaches you about these things. I would much rather share my experiences with you than to ever see you make some of the same mistakes I made.
You two are my world. No matter the choices you make or the paths you take in life, neither of you will ever be alone. I will always love and support you.
Additional Reading: Busting Myths About Teens and Substance Use