Drugs and alcohol addiction do not discriminate, they destroy all kinds of relationships, whether it is single or married parents, siblings, extended family members, colleagues, and friends.
The amount of information we have about every situation we find ourselves in, will determine how we will be able to handle those situations. Even if you have been experiencing the effects of drug or alcohol problems for a long time, learning what you can about addiction is an essential first step. The use of common sense and some of the prevalent myths will do you no good. It is therefore very critical you gain as many facts as you can about the effects of alcohol and drugs addiction on individuals and family.
The disease that is addiction and alcoholism is a family illness and influences every single one who is close to the addict. You and the alcohol/drug user require assistance, even when you fail to realise it immediately. You and affected family members deserve to get appropriate education, help, and support to figure out healthy ways to cope with the negative impacts of this disease. To get you to know that many people are behind you in this struggle, and that you are not the cause of the addict's drinking habit and therefore should take care of yourself, whether the addict wants to change or not, you will be assisted by education, counselling and recovery support groups.
In order to better understand how someone else's addiction and drug use has affected you, ask yourself these questions:
Some of the options you can get help from include support groups, counselling and treatment programs. Much as you would want to help a loved one, only they can decide to go for it ultimately, but, you can learn how to help influence them to make that decision. Looking for assistance and support without any help can encourage an interest in self-help/treatment. 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.
Professional Intervention with a qualified interventionist helps the family learn, have guidance and get support when convincing the loved one to go for treatment.
As with all other chronic diseases, every person requires some time to make a recovery and reclaim their health. For everyone involved whether the addict or family, there will be times of relapse, discouragement, and fatigue during the process. Forgotten issues may be brought to the surface now and then. Do not give up, learn from them and move on, remain focused on the healing.
Whilst addiction to drugs and alcohol has no remedy that is known, it can be stopped as soon as the person stays away from alcohol and other substances that are addictive. America at present has millions of healed drug and alcohol former addicts going about their normal life sober. Plus, millions more of their family members and children have also found help!