If your loved one is struggling with addiction, recovery can seem unrealistic. It can be hard to understand why he or she started abusing drugs or alcohol, why they continue to do use, and why they cannot stop. A loved one’s addiction affects everyone. The hopelessness and helplessness can be overwhelming.
However, there is hope in recovery. Even when your loved one seems to be at the point of no return, recovery is possible and happens every day to many people. A person living with addiction does not want to be nagged about stopping his or her drug or alcohol use. Most likely, they already know and even if they are listening, they are probably high when you are talking to them. Alternatively, he or she might think there is no problem and everything is under control.
Plan an intervention that includes other family or friends and a professional interventionist to express everyone’s feelings. The loved one might not want to be there and become hostile. On the other hand, there is a chance they want help and will commit to recovery. Even if it does not happen right away, recovery is possible and the intervention can be the start of a substance-free life.
If the person rejects a treatment opportunity, do not give up. Positive gestures and verbal reinforcements are very important, and every little bit can mean a lot. There is a fine line between being supportive and being an enabler. Learn the difference and avoid enabling your loved one. He or she can easily relapse and end up using again.
There is hope for recovery, but everyone must be willing to show support to help their loved one in the process. Help in a mindful way – comment on the small steps taken for recovery, because to your loved one, even one day can feel like years. Every single day is a struggle, but is one more day closer to living substance-free.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, get help now. You can help save a life. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and addictive behaviors with a focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. Addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. You are not alone.
Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in addiction treatment and is located in a serene, remote, lush-green, oxygen enriched environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy and offers yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 877-938-1577