The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids // By THE PARTNERSHIP

If you’ve ever talked to a professional about your child struggling with substance use, chances are you’ve heard a common refrain — to take care of yourself. But why would a professional tell you to focus your energies on yourself, if your child is the one who needs saving?

The reason self-care is so important and so emphasized is because many parents unfortunately burn themselves out while trying to help their child, and therefore can be no help to them. As one parent put it, “We became as sick as he was – just trying to save him.”

Self-care doesn’t mean you forget about your child, nor does it mean you have to meditate or do yoga or similar activities. Watch Helpline Specialist Karla explain what self-care can mean to you and why we put such an emphasis on it:

Why Should I Take Care of Myself if My Child is the One with the Addiction?