When a powerful change in the brain occurs, chemicals are released. This is how drugs co-opt a person’s mind to want more of a drug. The desire becomes all-consuming to the point there is nothing else to focus on. The same process happens in the mind and body of people addicted to drugs that occur when people smell coffee, chocolate, or something else that triggers their senses. The only change is that, once it is in the system, it can create chemical dependency on that drug so that the body does not want to live without it. Loved ones are the key to helping someone overcome addiction and learn to navigate it effectively in recovery.
Strategies to Help
People become accustomed to finding and recovering from drug use. They dominate their day and redirect focus away from relationships and other responsibilities. The shift in a person’s life may seem subtle to some, yet bigger to others, and some may not realize just how big the issue really is. Family members and friends struggle to provide support while coping with feelings of anger and fear. It is confusing for the family to decipher just the best way to help a loved one through the difficulty of recovery.
The best thing family can do is become educated about addiction and how it works. When it impacts a family member, it is best to figure out how to support that person wholeheartedly with the right education. It is easier to provide support for a loved one without fear of changes that may occur. Go online to find resources, hit up the library, or try the local groups that educate the family on addiction.
Not all treatment programs offer family counseling. They often have complicated emotions related to addiction attached to them, but they can be healthy for letting out all the negative energy. When people have an addiction, their focus is on addiction and not the family. Often, the family feels anger towards the person who has an addiction to leaving them in the dust. Take care of mental and emotional health as a caregiver so that can be a source of healing. Check out local groups, free support groups, and treatment spaces for counseling support.
Understand the Complexities
The extended issues that come with addiction often come from the need for financial support, medical help, transportation, and peer support. Treatment is about self-sufficiency, but partners may have been shouldering a lot of the responsibilities. Now they are asked to do more to help them in recovery. It is difficult to feel confident things have changed when it may feel the same (for a while). Allowing loved ones to share in responsibilities builds confidence and also stops enabling behaviors that help everyone in the family.
The Last Resort provides support for people in recovery and their loved ones. Our goal is to provide top-quality care for people with addiction. Addiction is challenging but not impossible to navigate. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.