A loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction affects his or her life physically, emotionally, and mentally, and heavily impacts relationships with family and loved ones. Watching a loved one struggle with addiction can make you feel helpless, hopeless, and broken. Family and friends feel a wide range of emotions from anger, sadness, despair, and fear. Sometimes people will do anything to help make things better, but may unknowingly contribute to their loved one’s continued substance abuse.
When you see a loved one suffer on a daily basis, a common reaction is to help as much as possible. Sometimes, this results in enabling your loved one’s addictive behavior. An addiction to drugs or alcohol occurs when the brain becomes physically dependent on the substance. An individual with an addiction needs more and more of the substance and is at risk of very serious health complications or death.
Family members want to help fix their loved one’s problem with addiction but often enable the behavior instead. Here are ways to avoid enabling your loved one with an addiction:
There are ways to help your loved one with an addiction. Support and encouragement are not the same as accepting his or her addictive behaviors but can make a difference with positive reinforcement.
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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