social workers have long recognized that parents of adult children who abuse the drugs hit hard. In the newspapers, radio and tv have moms and dads told us about their anxiety and of their powerlessness.
But their situation has rarely been presented in the research.
His son died of a drug overdose – he now wants to give hope to other parents
the Three researchers at Malmö university have conducted the first major study. It consists of a survey of 700 parents responded to. Then conducted in-depth interviews with some of them.
the Picture is clear: the life of the mother and the father of an addict is tough, and few know how to get help from the society.
Several parents feel guilt and shame. They blame themselves for not having done enough for their children and wondering what they done wrong.
from the preliminary results of the new study is that the parents ' life situation is affected to a large extent, of having a child with drug problems – and it applies to many areas.
Several parents feel guilt and shame. They blame themselves for not having done enough for their children and wondering what they done wrong. They may feel grief over the child's life was not as it was intended.
Also the parents ' economy is affected, as well as their relationships to friends, and how they work on the job. Many of them have become vulnerable to thefts of their children, a smaller group also for violence and intimidation.
– This is experienced by many as extremely stressful. Many parents are also on sick leave due to mental illness, " says Torkel Richert, one of the three researchers behind the current study.
Parts of the results have been published in two articles in scientific journals, but a number of additional publications are in the pipeline. Preliminary results and reports about the project are also continuously on the university's website.