The relationship between brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, single parents, straight or gay couples, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and many others could be hampered by alcohol and drug abuse.
When you have knowledge about a thing, you have the upper hand over it. It does not matter how long you have lived with the problem of alcohol or drug issues, the first step in overcoming it is to gather information on the addiction. So called common sense and myths do not work in these things, cold facts do. To get the actual facts regarding how substances and alcohol influence the family and the individual is key.
The disease that is addiction and alcoholism is a family illness and influences every single one who is close to the addict. The person with the alcohol or drug problem needs help, but so do you, even if you don't realise it yet. You and the other members of the family require and deserve suitable education, assistance and support in locating wholesome manners to beat the undesirable influences of the disease. Whether or not the person you're worried about chooses to get help, you still need to take care of yourself through education, counselling, and recovery support groups to help you see that you are not alone but more importantly to understand that you are not responsible for the substance abuse.
In order to better understand how someone else's addiction and drug use has affected you, ask yourself these questions:
There are several ways to get help, like treatment programs, counselling, and recovery support groups. While you have the opportunity to create a palatable ground for addicts to choose to get help for their addiction, the decision to go for help lie only with them. Getting help and counselling for yourself might spark interest and encourage them to join you seeking help. Make them know that the treatment will yield a positive result by examining the costs and treatment options available.
When the individual who you're worried about is not able or willing to look for assistance, you should think about an intervention that's planned and directed by pros.
Intervention, with the help of a qualified, experienced interventionist, is a great resource for the family to get education, advice and support, with a goal of getting the individual to welcome the treatment.
All chronic illnesses including alcoholism and drug addiction need sufficient time to heal. For everyone involved whether the addict or family, there will be times of relapse, discouragement, and fatigue during the process. There might be times when stressors and resentment flare back up. Do not give up, learn from them and move on, remain focused on the healing.
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. America at present has millions of healed drug and alcohol former addicts going about their normal life sober. What's more, millions more families and kids of addicts have likewise discovered recovery!