The sad reality about an addiction is, although only one person is actively an addict, the entire family suffers the symptoms. No, families do not feel the highs of addicts, but they are forced to feel the lows, suffer the emotional turmoil, and often find themselves victims of the addiction.
A family member’s addiction can often make you feel hopeless, overcome with guilt, and an array of other negative emotions. With any other disease, it is important that you recognize important factors of drug addiction.
You Are Not Responsible
Quite often, family members blame themselves for loved ones developing addictions. The bottom line is that addiction is a disease and it does not discriminate. Drug addiction is an equal opportunity disease. It can impact individuals of any age, gender, skin color, financial status, or location.
Although an addiction may be impacting your family, you should never lose hope. Drug or alcohol addiction can be successfully managed if an individual is willing to get the treatment they need to recover. The majority of individuals who undergo treatment benefit not only be stopping their drug use but finding new and better jobs and typically have a more positive outlook on life.
How You Can Help an Addict
Knowledge is a key component in helping a family member deal with an addiction. You should educate yourself on addictions as well as the recovery process. Provide a safe and comfortable living space for them that is free of triggers. Avoid being argumentative, judgmental, and confrontational as recovery is equally difficult for you as well as the addict and a positive attitude is needed for success. If you are the financial support of the household, do not give the addict cash. Instead, buy the items of necessity that they need in order to ensure they are not taking your money and purchasing drugs or alcohol with it.
How You Can Help Yourself
Above all, it is important for you to take care of yourself. It can be mentally and physically exhausting to live with an addict, which is why you need to focus on yourself as well. Do not do things for the addict that they are unwilling to do for themselves. You simply cannot change an addict if they are unwilling to change for themselves. You should not exert more energy and dedication into their recover than they are willing to put forth themselves. Try to be supportive of them and their recovery and be an example of balance and self-care for them. It is important for you to stay positive through their journey so they do not feel guilt and negative toward you or themselves.
In any manner, while dealing with addiction, it is important that you remember three key things. You are not the cause of a family member’s addiction. They are solely responsible for the choice that initially led to their addiction. You cannot control the addiction. You cannot just close your eyes and make it go away. It is a process that needs dedication from the addict and support from the family to work successfully.
At Asana Recovery, we provide a comprehensive treatment program to people with substance abuse issues. Each program is designed to the particular needs of each client so they can receive the help they need and deserve. If you or someone you love is dealing with addiction, please call us today at 949-438-4504 to begin your road to recovery.