Seeing another person struggle with substance abuse is difficult enough, but if that person is an addicted family member, then that makes things all the more painful. Whether the patient is a child, sibling, or parent, it’s distressing and frustrating to live under the same roof with someone who has an addiction. Thankfully, there are ways to aid this person so that they can begin to work toward recovery with the support of the people who care about him or her.
How to Help an Addicted Family Member
It may already be clear to you and to other family members that the individual is suffering from an addiction. He or she may be more obvious about their habits, seemingly unapologetic and unwilling to admit that there is an issue, or they may try and cover it up to hide the intensity of the problem. Either way, there is a major problem here, and one that affects both the addict and his or her family.
You may not know when the “best” time to seek out help for your loved one is, but the likely “answer” is that there is no perfect time. The time in which your addicted family member can most benefit from aid is as soon as possible. The earlier professional help is involved in their treatment, the sooner he or she can both avoid the potential of an overdose and other dangers and move on toward a healthier lifestyle. If you aren’t sure how to approach this process and are highly anxious about it, speak with a qualified recovery center to ask for advice and strategies.
An addicted family member does not carry the burden of an addiction alone. Relatives are more often than not affected by the day to day consequences of that addiction and have to live with many of the negative emotions and experiences of their loved one. You may feel as though there isn’t anything that you can do to ease their suffering, let alone to help them toward sobriety, but there is. Sometimes, just reminding that person that there are people who care about them can open their eyes to the dire truth of their situation.
Much of the time, either the patient, the family, or both refuse to verbalize the truth of the situation. “By… calling a ‘problem’ an addiction, the problem behavior can finally be addressed.” Naming it specifically for what it is is the real first step toward rehabilitation and healing.
One of the most important qualities to try and foster during this time is patience and understanding. Particularly if your addicted family member is the first experience you have had with addiction, things may seem especially scary, turbulent, and/or hopeless. Try and take things one day at a time and to not judge your loved one for their struggle. Addiction is a massive problem across the map for a reason; it isn’t easily overcome. Luckily, your aid can play an enormous role in helping them reach true recovery. Be firm in guiding them there, but also try and see it through their eyes. This is an intensely serious matter and it merits everyone’s serious efforts.
The best chance for your addicted family member to begin down a path toward a healthier life is to seek out treatment. They may need your help in doing that, particularly at first. If you want to find them professional help, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]