Substance abuse and addiction is a complicated disorder. Not only does it affect the person, it also affects those around them. The stigma alone which is associated with drug addiction and substance abuse makes it really difficult for people to even ask for help. Usually, a person who has realized their addictive behavior, are usually also ashamed of the fact and the guilt of the realization pushes them further down towards the abyss of substance abuse and addiction.
In such cases, the love & support from people close to you can become a critical pillar which will definitely encourage you to stay on the path to recovery & beat your addiction & substance abuse disorder. Although, with that being said, confronting people close to about their substance abuse or addiction, getting them enrolled in a recovery program and making sure they stay on the path to recovery involves a lot of emotions, hard work and most importantly, loads and loads of will power.
For any recovering addict, staying sober is a tremendous task and should be used to positively praise & encourage them. To keep them going strong and to improve their chances of successfully completing their rehab program, it is advisable to learn more about addiction in the first place. Delve a little bit deeper and figure out the minutia involved. This will enable you to deliver better, focused and more informed encouragement and motivation to your loved ones who are currently undergoing substance abuse and addiction recovery and further enable them to tackle their withdrawal symptoms with a clear mindset and unbeatable will power.
Substance abuse and addiction recovery is a lifelong process and the love and support of people close to you go a long way by reinforcing and encouraging you at every milestone.
Understanding the complexities of substance abuse & addiction is vital if you wish to help your loved ones successfully get back on the path to recovery. The best way to do so is to attend support groups with your loved ones who are battling addiction. This shows that you are there for them and helps build trust and support in trying times. Understanding all the little elements involved in substance abuse and addiction will further help you to create boundaries and protocols which can be enforced if your loved one’s journey towards recovery takes a sudden detour towards relapsing.
The last thing one must remember is that building a network of people going through the same or similar situations can become a great support system. Connect with other people battling addiction and going through with recovery and also bring in your loved ones going through the same thing into the fold. This way you can help them both by taking away the initial awkwardness and further down the line, build an effective support system for all those involved.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, remember these 3 pointers to better enable yourself to tackle this controversial topic. Learn a bit more about addiction and how it hijacks your entire nervous system and biochemistry. Attend support groups and group counseling sessions to learn how to mitigate the various symptoms and behavioral changes involved, learn from the experiences of others and connect with other going through the same situation as your loved ones, so that you can be better equipped to help your family member or friend battle their addiction and come out on top.