Family members experience fear, anxiety, stress, anger, and a host of other unpleasant emotions when they have to watch a loved one suffer from addiction. When someone you care about is unable to stop drinking or using drugs, it causes feelings of powerlessness. The good news is that you do not have to bear the weight of stress and responsibility alone. Sometimes, supporting a person who is suffering from addiction is a team effort.
With the help of a support group and a little faith, tough love, and patience, you may be able to guide your loved one on the path to recovery.
It’s imperative to lean on the expertise and understanding of a support group when you’re trying to pull a loved one out of addiction. To further support your loved one, you can take certain steps at home to keep them on the right track, including:
Substance use disorder is a misunderstood disease that comes with a lot of stigma. People with drug or alcohol addictions may have decided to try the drug or take the first sip, but continuing to misuse substances was not their choice. Often, individuals with addictions are unable to stop, despite their best intentions and their families’. Individuals who are unable to stop abusing drugs or alcohol may possess a variety of risk factors that can lead to the development of brain disease.
Stigma and shame can hurt people with addictions as well as their families. As a family member, you may be tempted to seek isolation to avoid embarrassment or other shameful emotions. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Isolation and disgrace associated with substance abuse can lead to poor communication and cause more harm than help. It’s better to face addiction head-on and seek treatment for your loved one.
While it’s essential to help a loved one come out of addiction, it’s just as critical to set boundaries. Provide love, but do not let anyone take advantage of your kindness. Support group meetings and services can provide that extra leg of support.
As a parent or family member of an addict, choosing a quality support group can seem like a hefty task. To start in the right direction, try the following steps:
If you are a parent or loved one or a person in need of help, know that you are not alone. Contact Gateway today to join a support group or get more information on the family support services we offer.