The issue of drug addiction that countless parents all over the globe silently suffer from. But in this case, they are not the sufferers, their children are. For a parent that has a child that also doubles as a drug addict, that does not translate to the end of the world. There are things that can be done to help the child and eradicate the problem.
Before you even think of taking any move, be sure that your child knows the gravity of his or her condition. This is because when your ward or child takes responsibility, the therapy or help rendered is made more effective as the addict will be incorporated as an active participant and not a passive observer.
Once this has been done, the next step will be to seek for the necessary medical or psychological attention. This should only be done with trusted healthcare professionals and not quacks or riff raffs. In some extreme cases, your child may have to be admitted for proper rehabilitation and treatment, which may take a long time.
Irrespective of the length of time, you have to offer your support and encouragement to child at all times. Hurling abuses or curses at the child for being wayward and strong-headed will only worsen the situation. For parents that are not in this situation in the sense that they do not have heroin or coke addicts as children, that does not mean that nothing must be done. It is your job as a parent to educate your children on the dangers inherent in drug abuse. Let them express themselves; ask questions while you do all the explanations –in addition to watching out for bad friends as well.