When someone is struggling with addiction, he or she is not the only one
suffering as a result of drug or alcohol dependence. Watching a loved
one become entangled with substance abuse can be troubling for parents,
friends, and relatives, who might experience a number of emotional challenges
as the result of someone else’s addiction. Still, it is important
for friends and family members to understand their loved one’s addiction,
because they can be incredibly helpful throughout the treatment process
at an addiction recovery center. This article will answer some common
questions that relatives may ask as they see a loved one try to break
the bonds of drug or alcohol addiction.
Why does my loved one keep using drugs?
When friends and family members have communicated with an addict about
drug use, it can be particularly hurtful to see the addict continue to
use. However, you should understand that drug addiction is complex, and
it is driven by a number of psychological and physical factors that can
cause an individual to ignore the behavioral consequences of drug or alcohol abuse.
What can I do to support my loved one in treatment?
If your loved one has agreed to seek professional help with a treatment
program, there are steps you can take to offer support and ease the transition
from treatment to sober living. Through a
family education program within the treatment center, you can learn about the details of addiction,
the patterns of codependent behavior you will want to break, and effective
communication skills to use with your loved one.
Am I at fault for my loved one’s drug or alcohol abuse?
It is important to recognize that addiction is a disease, so it should
not be considered the fault of any particular individual. If you are struggling
with feelings of guilt in regards to your loved one’s addiction,
seeking personal counseling can be helpful in coping emotionally.
At Retreat at Lancaster County, addiction recovery is supported with our
Family Education Program. To learn more about this program, call (717) 859-8000.