Maintain Hope, There Are Solutions for Addiction
As the family member of close friend of someone who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, it can be so easy to lose all faith in your loved one as addiction runs its’ toll. Drug addicts and alcoholics can cause those close to them tremendous pain, stress and heartache with their actions. There’s a few important things to remember as the family member of an addict:
Addiction is a disease.
Addicts don’t continuously abuse drugs and alcohol as a personal attack.
Getting drunk or high is always the most important thing in an addict’s life.
You can only offer so much help before the only option is to cut contact with an addict.
There are more solutions for drug abuse than there have ever been.
First, addiction is a disease that completely controls a person’s every action, emotion and behavior. Addictions changes the way an addicts’ brain functions. Chemical imbalances for an addict to obtain a high by any means necessary. Similar to a cold being treated by a family doctor; there are times when addiction can only be addressed by a medical professional. There are drug treatment specialists everywhere these days. Do some research locally and you are sure to find someone who can offer hope.
Don’t Blame Yourself
It’s very easy to blame yourself or things you’ve done or haven’t done in the past for your family member’s addiction, but don’t do it. The truth about addiction is that it can effect anyone at any time, and there is nothing that we can do about it. Of course, as family members we can be there to offer help, love and support; however, there comes a time in most cases of addiction where loved ones have to back off, cut contact and allow the person struggling with addiction to make a choice to change on their own. An addict will only get clean and sober when they are fully committed to doing so.
As hard as family members and close friends try, there are times when only professional drug and alcohol treatment will be able to stop the spiral of addiction.