Reclaim Your Family’s Health from Substance Abuse

The family of someone with a substance abuse disorder is in great danger of emotional damage. If someone you love has an addiction problem, following the pointers below will help you to initiate the healing process, both for you and for the ones you love.

Start the Healing Process Now

If someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, they need immediate help. Any delay allows the problem to worsen, so step in now before things deteriorate even further. Have a thoughtful talk with your loved one and let them know how their choices are hurting you and the rest of your family.

Keep Yourself Safe

Talking to your loved one is a healthy first step, but you have to remember to protect your own emotional health. Don’t become so focused and emotionally invested in fixing the issue that you forget to take care of yourself. Surround yourself with support, either from family members or close friends. Also, in your attempts to help your family member, don’t put yourself in physical danger either.

Remember It’s Not Your Fault

Your loved one made the choices that led to substance abuse on their own. You are not to blame. Additionally, if you are unable to help your loved one change, that’s not your fault either. Encourage your loved one in any way you can, but accept the fact that, in the end, you are not responsible for the change, rather they are the one who must make the decision to change.

Tactics to Avoid

Stay away from resorting to threats and bribes. Don’t shield your loved one from the consequences of their substance abuse problem. They need to face reality in order to move towards healing. Don’t use subversive schemes such as hiding or throwing out drugs.

Moving Forward

The most important step for you and your loved one is to see professional help. Don’t let the situation get any worse before you take action to restore the health of your family.

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2 Responses to “Reclaim Your Family’s Health from Substance Abuse”

  1. carolineturriff Says:

    I really agree with this post. I am celebrating 11 years clean from drugs and alcohol this week and I would never have got clean if my family hadn’t literally packed my bags and forced me into treatment at the beginning of 2005. I had no intention of getting clean, just wanted a three month break from my using, and had stashed cocaine for when I came out of treatment. But the fact is rehab works, it shattered my denial and I decided I wanted to get clean and have never relapsed since then.

  2. Jessie Says:

    What made you decide to go to rehab in the first place? Even though your first intention was not to quit, why did you make the move to join rehab? I’m dating a guy who is addicted to pot and it has put a huge strain on our relationship. I now know there is nothing I can do to help him, as he doesn’t see a problem with what his addiction has led him to do, but I’m still curious to know what makes people join rehab or seek help?

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