4 Ways To Support Your Beloved One Overcome Their Addiction
By Space Coast Daily // October 5, 2021
Addiction is a disease that has the potential to destroy lives. It affects not just the person who becomes addicted, but their loved ones as well. That is why it’s crucial to have a plan of action when helping your loved one overcome their addiction.
The good news is there are ways you can support your loved one in overcoming addiction and living a happy life free of substance abuse.
Here are four things you can do:
Understand What Addiction Is
The first thing you need to understand is what addiction actually is. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that involves compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences. This means the person has a lasting lack of self-control and cannot resist cravings or urges to abuse drugs even if they want to stop.
It can be very easy for those close to someone with an addiction to only see the substance abuse and not see past it, but substance abuse is a symptom of a disease that runs deeper than just a lack of willpower. Understanding that addiction is a disease and not a lack of willpower or weakness can help you better support your loved one.
Help Your Loved One Find Treatment
You can’t force your loved one to go into treatment, but it might be possible to encourage them by sharing the research that shows how effective treatment for addiction is.
There are many different treatment options available, so you can find one that works best for your loved one. Help a loved one find treatment and also keep in mind that if they are willing to go, the sooner they start treatment the better. This is because addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as soon as possible before it becomes worse.
Find Supportive Resources
They can’t go through this alone. They need support from others, so find resources where you can get help and support. This could be a family member going through the same thing, a group of people all facing the same addiction together, or someone who has been successful in overcoming their own addiction and is willing to meet with your loved one and you. There are many different types of support groups available, so find the one that works best for you and your family.
Give Support Whenever Possible
Even if they aren’t interested in treatment yet, there are still plenty of ways you can support them. Just being there can make a big difference, and it’s important to never use judgmental language.
If your loved one is going through a tough time, encourage them to talk about their feelings rather than trying to push them down or ignore them. Being supportive means showing that you care, not just saying the words.
While addiction is a disease that can be difficult to overcome, there are steps you can take that will help your loved one. As mentioned above, just being supportive no matter what stage they’re at in recovery goes a long way towards helping someone recover from an addictive disorder.