Long-term drug and alcohol use causes harmful and serious problems, physically, mentally, and financially. Excessive drug and alcohol use damages major body organs, such as the liver, heart, stomach, brain, and kidneys. The damage from drug and alcohol use can result in lifelong health complications and even death. Alcohol causes mental health problems such as anxiety and depression and contributes to cancer and neurological impairment.
When a loved one is addicted to drugs and alcohol, everyone in the family endures the pain of the addiction. Trust is broken and family members experience emotional pain as their loved one’s life goes in a different direction. Often the addicted loved one limits his or her time around family, and result in long-term absences from family gatherings, holidays, or special family events.
There are ways to cope when a family member suffers from a substance dependency. Learning that addiction is a disease is a good way to start. Here are 5 strategies to cope when your loved one has an addiction:
These are helpful ways to cope when your loved one is addicted to drugs and alcohol. The addiction affects not only the individual but also family and friends. Understand that a person must want to change his or her lifestyle with addiction. A person cannot be forced to treatment and recovery, but love, support, and encouragement is a start in the right direction.
Recovery is possible and healing will take place in mind, body, and spirit. Enlightened Recovery Solutions offers a holistic based, 12-step inspired, clinically proven program for alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Call (844) 234-LIVE today for information on our partial care programs.
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