“I’m going to use the bathroom”
This simple phrase can send chills down the spine of a parent with an addict in early recovery. Does this seem weird? Read on and I’ll try to explain.
After periods of extended drug use where our child vanishes for what seems to be hours into the secrecy of bathrooms both public and private, we become phobic. Sadly we learn that our children shoot a lot of heroin in many bathrooms when they are active in their addiction. The mere mention of the B word to a parent who has a child in early recovery may paralyze that parent with fear.
Mom and Dad, you are not alone. To the parents of an addict new to recovery, fear of extended absences in bathrooms is the norm. It’s truly weird what can trigger the fears associated with having an addict child. It is in our recovery that we learn to rise above the fears. Knowing that you are not alone in your fears brings comfort. The topic of RESTROOM PHOBIA, although rarely written about, is in fact one of the many bonds parents of addicts have.
Eventually as our child’s recovery grows, the fear of our child going off to a restroom subsides. It is then another six words take precedent. They are words that offer others hope:
“It’s nice to have you back”
Categorised as: Coping Skills