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Helping Loved Ones Find Answers To Addiction

05 January 2016 Written by 

It's so hard to face the fact that someone you love cannot be reasoned with, talked to normally, or even asked to participate in your life. Things have changed slowly, and now you think you're talking to your loved one, but actually it's someone different now. You have to think and act differently. When faced with a friend or family member’s addiction, it can be difficult to comprehend their actions and words, especially if you’ve never experienced and struggled with addiction. 

Behaviors Are Painful And Impossible To Manage

Their behaviors of users is often erratic and incomprehensible. Confrontation about abuse may amplify users' reactions. Intervening can be challenging, but it may also save their lives.

Educate Yourself About Drugs And Addiction

Addiction is a complicated disease and family members can get enmeshed and enable substance abuse without meaning to. So it's crucial to learn about the disease and how it affects and changes people, including yourself.

Get Help To Develop A Strategy

Before confronting a loved one about addiction, create a strategy and prepare for a number of outcomes. Educate yourself about drugs and addiction as well as personality changes that occur with drug use prior to leading a conversation. Prepare yourself with the topics you wish to address and make sure the discussion takes place privately and without interruption. Best to consult someone who is experienced before having difficult discussions.

Addiction Is A Disease That Tells People They Don't Have A Problem

In many cases, individuals who struggle with addiction may reject conversations about their use and deny there is an issue. With support from professional, you can discuss treatment options and support groups. These conversations may have to occur many times before there is willingness to accept treatment. And sometimes users never come to the understanding that they need help.

Addiction Causes Stress And Distress In Everyone

How to cope when help is not accepted. Even if you do not struggle with addiction, the effects of another’s struggle causes distress in others' lives. Prepare yourself to find support for your own emotional and mental needs during this trying time. Seek out family therapy or Al-Anon (which is free) because everyone is affected by drug abuse. It is important to provide treatment for those surrounding the individual struggling with addiction. Not only does it help family and friends overcome distress, but it also provides a stronger network of support for the individual working through their addiction.

Content Originally Published By: Sober College

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