There are countless articles about overcoming drug addiction. However, drug addiction does not just have an impact on the life of the drug addict, it can also tear loving families apart. Is a member of your family addicted to drugs? If so, you are doubtless feeling sad and frustrated about the situation. Drug addiction is not an easy problem to solve, but do not lose hope. There are things you can do to help a drug addict in the family.
Do Not Enable
Drug addicts will try to acquire money with which to feed their habit. It doesn’t matter to the addict how to they obtain the money as long as they get it. Hence it is not unusual for an addict to ask a family member to give them some cash. Drug addicts also tend to learn exactly what to say to people in order to get some money. For instance, an addict may tell you that he or she has no money to buy food or pay rent. Do not be fooled, never give them money, because if you do, they will definitely spend it on drugs. If you want to provide fiscal help, set aside some time to take them shopping for groceries.
Hide Your Valuables
What matters most to drug addicts is their ability to obtain the drugs at any cost, therefore, many addicts steal money or valuables from friends or members of their own family. If there is a drug addict in your family, you would be wise to ensure that they cannot access anything valuable that you own. Consider purchasing a safe, if you do not have one, and keep your cash and valuables locked away.
There are support groups for people with addiction problems. Twelve-step programmes such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous have helped many addicts to get clean, and stay that way. Try to encourage the drug addict in your family to attend support meetings. If they do this, it may help them to realise that there are other paths they could take and they may even find hope for a brighter future.
Sometimes joining a support group is not enough to encourage an addict to stop using drugs. If regular support meeting are not working, consider encouraging them to go to a rehabilitation Centres. Rehabilitation Centres provide counselling and support meetings. They also have strict rules and regulations. Patients at rehabilitation Centres undergo routine urine tests to ensure that they are not using drugs. If the person manages to get clean and sober at a rehabilitation centre, it might save their life.
Do Some Research
If a family member is addicted to drugs, it is in your best interests to learn as much as you can about their addiction. Finding out more about the specific drug addiction may help you to understand behaviour associated with the drugs intake and symptoms identifying someone under the influence of drugs. It will also be harder for your loved one to deceive you with half-truths and outright lies.
Save the Lectures
When you can see that someone you love is ruining their life, the temptation to lecture them about the dangers of what they are doing can be very strong. However, you would be better off saving your breath. An addict does not usually listen to the opinions of others because they are lost in their addiction. Lectures will not help a drug addict. What’s more, actions invariably speak louder than words. If you want to help the addict in your family, stop talking. Instead take steps that will help the addict improve their life. For instance, help them to find an apartment or a job. They may not keep the job or the apartment, but at least you can say you tried to give them hope.
Addicts damage their own physical and mental health. They also tend to have an impact on the health of the people that love them. Stress can lead to all kinds of physical ailments. It also takes its toll on your psychological well-being. Therefore you should consider joining a support group for the families of addicts. There you will meet people who are going through the same thing. You may be able to help each other find ideas and solutions. You will also be able to talk about how you feel. Psychotherapy can also help the family members of drug addicts.
Provide Love and Support
If a member of your family is addicted to drugs, do not reject them. Feelings of bitterness and resentment are normal in these situations. However, it’s important to focus your anger on the addiction rather than the addict. Do not make threats or give up on the addict in your family. Instead, keep reminding them that they are loved, and continue to encourage them to get the help they need. Can they kick the habit? With a helping hand from you, yes, they can.