Adapting to the Reality that Your Loved One Is Addicted

Adapting to the Reality that Your Loved One Is Addicted

Addicted individuals are in need of both emotional support from loved ones and professional treatment

One important aspect of adapting to life with an addicted love one is accepting that recovery is a unique process that requires growth and change. Even though your loved will not simply wake up one day and decide to stop using drugs or alcohol, he or she can recover with a combination of your support and a professional treatment program.

Learning More About Addiction and What to Expect

Accepting and even embracing certain realities of addiction and recovery can help you successfully navigate life with your addicted loved one before, during, and after treatment. The following tips can help you know what to expect as you pursue recovery with your loved one:

  • Your loved one may not decide to seek treatment on her own. However, you can hold a professionally hosted intervention to help urge her to enter a treatment program. Interventions are carefully planned meetings that allow the addicted person to come face to face with the consequences of addiction. Oftentimes, this leads the addicted person to accept professional help.
  • You cannot fix your loved one, and your loved one cannot fix himself, at least not on his own. Overcoming an addiction is a journey that requires a wide network of support from friends, family and professionals. Encouraging your loved one to seek treatment is a good way to start pursuing recovery and building a support network.
  • Involvement from friends and family is a key element of the treatment and recovery process. Although you and many other individuals may feel uncomfortable directly addressing a loved one about his addiction, ignoring the issue could prolong the problem. Strong support from friends and family is conducive to a successful recovery.
  • Your loved one is not the only person who needs to heal. You have been deeply affected by her drug problem, and your involvement in her treatment plan will not only benefit her, but will help you heal, as well. You can attend family counseling sessions with your loved one, and you can attend support groups meetings for the loved ones of drug users.
  • Your loved one’s sobriety is the ultimate goal of treatment. Sobriety leads to better overall physical health, emotional stability, and clearer thinking. Achieving sobriety is an important milestone and the beginning of a long lasting recovery. Sobriety does not solve all the issues related to a drug problem, however, especially emotional or relational issues. Even so, sobriety is a crucial step that will lead to further positive outcomes and as you and your loved one continue to rebuild your relationship.

Caring for and supporting an individual who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can present challenges, but with the help of professional treatment and other forms of support, you can manage these challenges and make a difference in your loved one’s life. Also, try to remember that caring for yourself is another important aspect of caring for your loved one. Try not to let your personal needs fall by the wayside as you support your loved one’s recovery.

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