As a family member or friend who knows someone struggling with addiction, we may not quite understand the entirety of what they’re going through. As an outsider, we need to make sure we have a good grasp on how addiction is stronger than we may think. Anyone who has NEVER smoked a cigarette before will sometimes say, “I don’t know why people struggle with quitting smoking. It smells bad, and it’s awful for your health.” Addiction doesn’t bow down to health issues, warning signs, or common sense. It takes hold of a person’s free will.
Besides tobacco and smoking cigarettes, drugs and alcohol addiction can have a different effect due to the difference of substances. Addiction runs its course a little differently, but with the same hold on someone’s life.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is a disease that happens when a use disorder arises from a compulsive state without fear of the harmful consequences. It’s a powerful disease of the brain that disregards your physical and mental health. If a person starts with substance abuse, it can easily turn into addiction. They have distorted thinking and body functions due to the power of addiction. Understanding this aspect as a loved one is important to get help for them.
You never want to downplay addiction when you’re not the one experiencing the pain. Being supportive and communicating your love for them is what is most important.
Know How They Feel
When someone is struggling with addiction, they feel isolated and apart from everyone else. As someone close to them, it’s encouraged that you make them feel welcome and supported no matter what they’re going through. Letting them know that you’re thinking about them is very important. As people, we can’t experience or do life all on our own. We need the support and strength of our friends and family to help us get through tough times, especially when it comes to addiction.
Cypress Lakes Lodge
Here at Cypress Lakes Lodge, we’re a family trying to get through difficult times. We help each other get up when we fall down, and that’s what our mission is all about. Finding out who we truly are and working towards a life of sobriety and purpose is the greatest strength we can help with.
Our holistic therapy and addiction treatment center are based around group therapy, individual treatment, and a lifestyle geared towards always improving someone’s life. Our heart goes out to all who feel they are in a black hole. We understand the ways addiction works with people, and we know how to get through it with them.
We want all family members and friends to be involved in someone’s life, and that is why our treatment goes beyond our on-campus residency.
If you or a loved one is going through addiction, we encourage you to contact us, so we can help you understand the ways of addiction. We can truly help you or your loved one get through it and lead a sober life after.
Contact Cypress Lakes Lodge at 409-331-2204 today or visit us online for more information on how we can help!