If your parent or carer uses crystal (‘ice’), you might face some things that are hard to handle at your age. Not everyone who lives with a parent or carer who uses ice will experience problems - but sometimes there can be more stress at home about things like money, having a stable place to live, having enough food prepared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, getting to school on time, and getting homework done.
Sometimes your parent or carer might change a lot when they use ice, and you might find it harder to feel safe, close, and trusting with them. You might find yourself feeling confused, scared, angry or really stressed out. Sometimes you might feel lonely, and it’s normal to feel this way, but you aren’t alone. Others are going through exactly what you’re going through, and there are people you can go to for support like Kids Helpline (Ph. 1800 55 1800). We’ve put together some information to explain what can happen when people use ice, what signs might indicate that your parent or carer is having problems with ice, and steps you can follow to look after yourself and get further support.