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When we talk about addiction, most often what comes to mind is alcohol and drugs, but addiction can take many forms.

Addiction is having an unhealthy dependency on something. You could be addicted to tea, or sex, coffee or your phone.

Last week on Friday during our parenting talks, our Host Pst Makena talked about the dangers of addiction, especially for parents. As parents, we battle many things among them different addictions. We assume and think that our children do not notice, whereas the truth is that they notice every odd behaviour and change in behaviour. We as parents are their first role models, and a blueprint to many things. These behaviours they pick up from us, will affect them as they grow up and also in their later life.

Addictions affect everyone, despite their race, religion and they continue to be a global problem. It is important to note that those who become addicts are victims and they require love and support.

According to a study conducted by NACADA in 2018, alcohol consumption at home is due in part to substance use by parents, children accompanying parents where alcohol is served and available at home. This has been reinforced during the covi-19 since parents now buy and drink alcohol at home.

In a similar study conducted in 2016, to see the perception of substance abuse in primary schools, students mentioned home environment as the last place to see substance abuse.

From this study, it is evident that our children do pick what we are doing and in turn practice and introduce their fellows.

NACADA CEO Mr Victor Okima says teens’ brains are more vulnerable to alcohol. Research suggests that teens’ brains do not fully develop until 25years of age. So, as parents who are suffering from addiction what should we do to protect our childrem? Get HELP.

How can you know if you are addicted?

  • An inability to stop
  • Changes in moods, appetite and sleep
  • Continuing despite negative consequences
  • Denial
  • Engaging in risky behaviour
  • Feeling preoccupied with the substance or behaviour
  • Legal and Financial problems.

Getting better starts the moment you accept you have a problem, the next step is to get help. Do not be part of the statistics of the numbers affected by addiction, make a choice to get better. Talk to Ultimate Care Links today. 0723 756505