Addiction affects the whole family, whether we want it to or not. But did you know there is help out there specifically for family members?
Sometimes it can feel like no one knows what you’re going through. People often don’t understand what it is like to cope with watching a loved one struggling with a drug problem. There is support for families out there. There are agencies that can help you to get through this, and show you ways of coping with addiction within the family. If you need help now, call the Alcohol Drug Helpline, they can put you in touch with someone in your area that can help.
“People don’t know they have a right to help… and if they do, they don’t know how to go about getting it.” - Suzy
“You get used to living a certain way with a certain atmosphere. And the stress and the arguments that you know are going to come… you both just get into your roles and you go for it.” – Ara.
When it comes to families coping with addiction emotions can seem to be magnified. The intensity of living with someone with a drug problem can be one of the hardest things a family can face. The fear, isolation and bewilderment are often beyond comprehension. Something really vital to remember is that you’re not alone and help is available.
There are also some simple tools in the ‘helping someone’ section that may help you cope with what’s going on. Remember, taking care of yourself is the most important thing. If you can’t take care of yourself it can become impossible to take care of those around you.
Just find something that works for you and try maintaining it. We urge you to seek the help out there that is available. You don’t need to keep living with addiction if you don’t want to.
Families are often significant factors for people in recovery. Their influence can be drastic, and support indispensable. Sometimes family can be the hardest to face and most detrimental for people. The responses people have to their families vary greatly.
Everyone walks his or her own journey. Everyone. Your family is no exception.