HOW TO PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF AN ADDICT
As much as we try to support the people we love through the hardships they face, sometimes life has a way of driving the stake through our hearts. Despite all the support from family and friends and the endless bouts of rehabilitation, sometimes drug addiction and alcoholism can prove to be too much of a physical and mental challenge for a human being. After all, the body and brain can only handle so much. Tragically, across the country, people die from drug overdoses, all brought on by miscalculations or a severe bout of relapse. No matter the case, the painful death of a loved one is a tragic time for family members, who may feel a mixture of guilt and anger. So how do you provide emotional support following the death of an addict? Let’s read on and find out.
Let the Feelings Flow
After a person suffers through the death of a loved one or a friend who suffered from addiction, the flood of emotions this person will feel will be fueled by inner conflict. Although they might reflect on lovely and touching memories, people who knew the addict will also be bombarded by tragic memories of fights, intoxication, violence, and risky behavior. Even worse, some people will not share their emotions at all, believing negativity shows disrespect for the dead. However, you must remember that emotions (good or bad) must be vented. Let the person speak their mind and help them through the grieving process by being an active listener. Never take their angry feelings personally, and see if you can help them regain footing by helping around the house or at work.
Never Say That!
After an addict dies, their friends and family members may feel frightened that other people will judge them or (in the worst case scenario) blame them for the addict’s death. “You didn’t try hard enough,” someone might hurtfully say. Often, these feelings of terror and anger will be brewing in a cauldron of rage, waiting to overflow. Be careful about what you say. Never blurt out phrases like “He’s in a better place” or “she was a good person.”
Always remember that alcohol and drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
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