Self-Care Is For You, Too, Parents!
Many articles float around the internet advocating for self-care. Today it seems everyone is afflicted with more stress than they have ever had to bear. Despite treatments for disease, money to be had, and more luxurious amenities of modern society, we are stressed. Advocates for self-care claim many different approaches to taking the time for rest, restoration, relaxation, and enjoyment to help reboot the brain and the spirit. Most of these articles forget a most essential ingredient for finding the strength and healing necessary to make it through a difficult experience like a beloved child being away in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction: God.
Self-Care Is God-Care
The bible is full of promises, evident with the healing powers of God’s love, and his love through Jesus. Being the loving provider, the constant worrier, and the parent of action for your child who is struggling with drug addiction is exhausting. As your child learns to take care of himself in healthy ways, you, too, should learn to turn to the inexhaustible source of healing and restoration. Spa treatments, social interactions with friends, and even a day of Netflix binges won’t connect you to the simple promise of God’s son: everlasting love and life.
We can still get confused and feel that we have failed God in some way because we did not fulfill our role as parents. God is our ultimate parent. Even as a parent to your child, you are still a child of God. All you have to do is call out to Him (Psalm 30:2). Matthew 11:28 calls to the weary and burdened with the promise of rest.
No wound you have, no heartbreak you suffer is too great for the healing powers of God. God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds, Psalm 147:3 tells us. The story told in Luke chapter eight makes this point undeniable. We are told of a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years without any hope of healing. As Jesus made his way through her village, she reached out and touched the edge of his cloak. Immediately two things happened. First, the woman was healed instantaneously. Second, Jesus knew that he had been touched and had healed someone. She falls to her knees admitting her behaviors. Yet, she believed that it was in touching Jesus, even just his cloak, that she was healed. Luke writes in verse 48 that Jesus responds, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
It is not the tangible activities of self-care which provide us healing but our faith in the loving and healing power of God and God in Jesus which truly heals us. By connecting to his love, we connect to the unending wellspring of care. For your self-care, turn to prayer and meditation, spending quiet and private time in the word, or talking with trusted friends who share your faith.
Trust that God is working in the life and spirit of your child while he undergoes treatment for addiction. Stonewater Recovery Center offers a continuum of care rooted in a foundation of faith, clinically proven treatment, and academic support to give your child the love and attention they need through each phase of their treatment. Call us today for more information on our residential adolescent addiction treatment programs: 1-662-598-4214.