You may suspect that a friend or a family member is struggling with a drug addiction, yet you may be unsure about how to approach the situation. The recovery process can be long and family involvement is extremely important.
It is helpful to understand some of most common signs and symptoms that are associated with drug abuse.
The following are common signs to look for if you suspect that a friend or family member is struggling with an addiction: Includes the following:
When friends or family members are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, they are likely to behave very differently from when they are sober. Your loved one may exhibit risky behavior like driving drunk, having unprotected sex or sharing needles. They may also do and say hurtful things to those closest to them.
It is only natural that issues like these can cause intense fear and worry for family members. Family therapy is suggested before a person receives treatment and while the drug or alcohol addicted person is in recovery.
Family therapy is a key component to healthy boundaries and education which enables your friend or family member to accept treatment and achieve a healthy life style in recovery.
It is easy for loved ones and especially family members to end up in a co-dependent relationship when someone they love is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction.
A codependent relationship is an imbalanced relationship where there is an excessive psychological and emotional reliance on a friend, partner or family member.
This type of relationship can be exhausting for the person who takes on a caretaker role. Beyond this, many times this creates a dynamic where you are working harder on persons recovery process than they are.
This type of relationship also brings about enabling. Family members often enable their addicted loved one by doing things like giving them money, making excuses for them if they miss a day of work and bonding them out of jail.
This behavior is rarely helpful and can end up fostering your friend or family members substance abuse. Of course, this is not your intention, but it is something that can often happen.
It is, therefore, essential to be aware of the signs of codependency and seek family therapy to help resolve these challenges. This includes the following:
You may feel that you have a heightened responsibility for their thoughts, behaviors, and decisions. You may feel a need to make sure that your family member is happy, even if it is coming to a point whereby it costs you your personal happiness. You may also feel like you need to protect your loved one; for example, you may call their boss and make an excuse when they are too hungover to make it to work.
A lot of people believe that friends and family members are helpless when it comes to helping someone seek treatment with an addiction. You may have heard other friends or family members tell you that this is the case and that you are wasting your time.
However, this can't be further from the truth. While you cannot force someone to go to treatment or to seek recovery support groups, there are some actions that you can take to support the loved one with the assistance they need to get the right addiction treatment center.
Here are some of the ways you can support your loved ones or family members to seek recovery:
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of how to help a loved one who is struggling with an addiction.
There is no denying that this can be one of the most challenging things that any person goes through.
However, if you follow the advice that is here, you will put yourself in the best possible position to help your family member or friend.
If you have any questions or concerns contact Addiction Helpline America at (844)-377-8070 we're available 24/7.