Single parents, dads, mothers, heterosexual couples, homosexual couples, siblings, nephews, aunts, cousins... alcohol and drug abuse can end relationships.
A person's ability to deal with anything is a function of how much he/she knows about what he/she will have to face. The most important aspect of the preliminary stages is to garner more detailed information about drug and alcohol abuse, even though you have been associated with these for long. So called common sense and myths do not work in these things, cold facts do. It is always very essential to understand the truth about how families and individuals are affected by drug and alcohol abuse.
All the people that are related to the addict are affected by the addiction disease because it is a family one. Though you may be oblivious of this, but you are also in need of assistance as well as the addict. You plus other family members require and merit proper education, assistance and support in finding solid approaches to defeat the negative impacts of the malady. There are recovery support groups that offer education and therapy, helping you understand others are suffering like you, it is not your fault your loved one is addicted and how to look after yourself even if your loved one does not want to seek help.
In order to better understand how someone else's addiction and drug use has affected you, ask yourself these questions:
Some of the options you can get help from include support groups, counselling and treatment programs. Only the person with the addiction can choose to get help, but you can help make that decision look better and better. Looking for help and support all alone can empower enthusiasm for treatment or self-improvement. Investigate treatment alternatives and costs together and express your conviction that treatment will work.
An intervention that is professionally organised and properly directed should be used when your addicted loved one refuses to seek for help.
In the bid to persuade the fellow to seek for treatment, the family could be educated, guided and supported through an intervention that is handled by a professional and experienced interventionist.
Addiction is like any other chronic illness and people suffering from it need time to recover and recuperate. For everyone involved whether the addict or family, there will be times of relapse, discouragement, and fatigue during the process. Former stress and bitterness can reappear at times. Everyone should try to learn from these events and keep the focus on recovery.
A person can stop indulging in alcohol or drugs for a long time and live a healthy life even if there is no ultimate cure for the addictions. Millions have overcome and lived full healthy lives in long-term recovery from their addictions. On top of that, millions more children and family members of dependency have too discovered recovery!