Addiction and Your Loved Ones
If you or your loved one are struggling with addiction, it’s important to understand that they can recover and so can you. Most importantly once they decide to seek recovery, you should be fully supportive on their journey of seeking treatment for addiction.
Bringing an Understanding to your Loved One’s Addiction
Once you’re unable to stop abusing drugs or alcohol, this could be classified as an addiction. If a loved one is addicted to drugs and alcohol they will continue usage of them regardless of their harm to loved ones, themselves or the consequences they impose.
Different drugs effect people differently, having different effects on the mind and the body. There’s little doubt that some substances are more addictive than others. Many drugs have a very potent effect, but may not be so addictive. If you abuse drugs for a length of time addiction is inevitable.
The likelihood of injury or death is certain if drug addiction or alcoholism is left untreated.
There are many factors in-which an influence of drug or alcohol addiction can be perceived by a loved one or the afflicted.
Some of these factors include:
- Genes can play a big role
- Abuse at an early age
- Physical and emotional trauma
- A history of drug addiction or alcoholism in the family
Addiction Why So Hard to Overcome
Contrary to popular belief, willpower and impeccable moral standard is not the solution for addiction. It’s a struggle to overcome addiction, even when you genuinely can’t take being addicted anymore. The great fact is know-one wants to be taken over by their addiction to become powerless to stop it. However unfortunate drugs and alcohol change brain functions overtime which makes it harder to stop on your own willpower.
Drugs like heroin can “trick” the brain into the release of neurochemicals that produce a euphoric state which is addicting in itself. Substances like cocaine or methamphetamines can cause too much dopamine (the brains happiness chemical) to be released causing a dependence to get more dopamine to feel happy.
Both Cocaine and Heroin can cause the brains makeup to change overtime and this is how addicts or abusers get addicted to the drugs.
Those who’re addicted to drugs or alcohol will develop a tolerance after repetitive usage. They will no longer feel the same effects they did from their normal dose and will proceed to need more to produce the same feelings or states of euphoria. Once they’ve hit this mark they will need the drug just to feel normal, this could mark an addiction to the drug. In the case of most any drug they will after a time feel withdrawal symptoms once they try to quit. Most who try to quit seek medical detox or some form of drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
The difficulty that arises in quitting drugs and alcohol in large part are due to the withdrawal symptoms that come along with quitting the drugs and the alcohol.
To guarantee the safety of a loved one who is trying to get off drugs and alcohol, it’s important for them to get medical help through the withdrawal process. Your loved one is in a critical state during the physical withdrawal process and shouldn’t be without proper medical supervision. Without medical supervision, stopping use is not only hard, but can often be dangerous.
The Feelings of the Family and Coming to Terms
It’s never the fault of the family that their loved ones and addict or an alcoholic.
Addiction and alcoholism effects the family and the person who’s addicted or struggling with alcoholism. The loved ones and family members suffer grave emotional, mental and physical pain. Alcoholism and drug addiction could directly impact your life or the lives of your family members. However, this does not mean that the family is to blame.
The acceptance of one’s actions is a very crucial step in the recovery process. Understanding it’s not your fault is a crucial step in the recovery process for the family of the addicts or alcoholic.
It’s normal to feel emotional pain due to a loved one’s addiction, but it’s more important to realize that processing these emotions and moving on from them are what starts the recovery process. Holding on to the frustration and anger will make you worse emotionally. Many of these feelings that loved one struggle with will prolong the recovery process. There are support groups like Al-Anon and Al-Ateen help the families of addicts and alcoholics. These support groups help you to understand the disease and how to support a family member in recovery. They also help a family member to cope with the past and get a new outlook on the futures.
How to get help for a loved one for addiction or alcoholism.
There are several ways to get help for an addicted loved one for their alcoholism or addiction. Many family members feel hopeless at the sight of them not feeling like they have much control to help their loved one. There are several options available to help someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
There are several things that you can do to help your loved one through a difficult time. It’s important that you remain supportive, but firm about their seeking addiction treatment or rehabilitation. If you need some guidance in helping your loved one, we have people available to speak with you today. We’ll always be here if you need our help to break the cycle of addiction and alcoholism.