Nobody prepares you for having a person with addiction in the family. Few people know how to handle the situation. Some families guilt a loved one into rehab or ignore the problem. This can hurt a person seeking to heal. Families try their best to get strong but good intentions are not always effective. Find out a good way to react to a loved one’s addiction.
Don’t Ignore It
People ignore an addiction because they are in denial. It is easier to turn a blind eye than confront the problem. To make things worse, people with addiction deny the extent to which it goes. Ignoring it only allows it to grow in strength. The best thing to do is acknowledge a problem exists.
Don’t Get Angry
It is normal to feel mad, angry, and bitter when learning of a loved one’s addiction. Addiction is not anyone’s fault. Nobody experiments with drugs or alcohol with the intention of becoming addicted. A loved one may be suffering but if you get angry, it may increase distance between you and them. You are not alone. Speak with an addiction specialist before addressing the problem. People with addiction need compassion, support, and understanding.
Remove Guilt and Shame
Another common but harmful approach is to use guilt and shame. Addiction is not a choice, so making the person feel badly about themselves only stresses them out even further. People with addiction don’t seek treatment because of guilt and shame. They tend to rebel with this approach because they are struggling with low self-esteem. Addiction is a disease, so a loved one will not choose to use drugs and alcohol. They need help. If your loved one refuses treatment, you may need to host an intervention.
When you are looking into options for support to confront a loved one with addiction, trained intervention and addiction specialists can help support your journey forward. Speak with a professional for help before you make things worse if you are not sure how to stay level headed. Addiction is painful on so many levels. Be sure to tap into a support system to help you make good, wise choices in how you approach it so you can best support your loved one in this difficult situation.
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