Acknowledging you have a problem with drugs or alcohol can be extremely difficult, but it is the first step to recovery. Telling your loved ones that you have an addiction and need help can be even harder. Addiction has a stigma in our society that can lead to shame and embarrassment. Loved ones should encourage your willingness to get sober and show support to help you in your recovery.
Remind family that you are accepting responsibility, will do whatever it takes to attain sobriety, and are seeking professional help. People who do not have a problem with addiction have a hard time understanding what you are going through. Loved ones can also be skeptical about your willingness to live a sober life.
Let your family know that you will work on repairing your relationships and invite them to go to family therapy or counseling with you. Keep communication open and let family members know you are serious about recovery and will follow through.
When children are involved, listen to them and answer their questions in an age-appropriate manner. Explain that addiction is an illness and talk to them honestly and openly. It is crucial to listen to children and let them know they are a huge part of your life.
If you were around your family on a regular basis while you were under the influence, chances are, they already know about your addiction. Take the time to prepare what you are going to say ahead of time. The conversation will be emotional, so planning on what to say guides you to say everything you want to.
Tell your family your plans to get help in treatment and your desire to live substance free. When loved ones see you being honest and humble, it is more likely they will be supportive and help you when you go to treatment and in recovery. The conversation you have with your family about your addiction is difficult but necessary for your progress in recovery.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, do not wait to get treatment. Asking for help can feel overwhelming, but you are not alone. Make today the first day in your journey to a new, healthy and sober lifestyle.
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