Isn’t it heartbreaking to love and care for someone who is struggling from an addiction?
Sometimes, it becomes so overwhelming that running away from the situation seems like an easy option.
It might be painful for you at times, but it is important for you to relax and uplift your loved one. Addiction not only affects the addict but also everyone attached to him/her. With your support and love, there are great chances of defeating their addiction.
Along with your care, you can get help available for the addict. The best way to get support and services is by consulting a doctor or contacting the nearest drug addiction center. And when your loved one starts recovering from addiction treatment, there are a few ways you can support them:
- Educate Yourself About Addiction
It is not important for you to know everything about addiction, it is quite complex. Try to understand their state of mind, effects of that and ongoing treatment. It will make them aware of the life they are creating for themselves. All you need to do is to accept reality and understand it.
- Offer Your Support to them and to treatment
No matter what you do for them, they might fail to understand your efforts. Don’t wait to speak to them, talk to them about your concerns for them. Let them realize that you are there to support them throughout the treatment. Stay involved in their recovery. Keep supporting their engagement in support groups and ongoing care.
There are chances that, while treatment, your loved one might feel alone or worried about the effect of treatment on their social and personal life. At that time, you can play a vital role by talking to them about these concerns.
- Encourage Healthy Habits
While suffering from addiction, there are chances that they might also be suffering from physical or mental health issues or poor hygiene. You need to motivate them to establish a positive environment, healthy eating habits, and some physical activities for a better lifestyle.
- Take Care of Yourself
It is also important for you to take care of yourself as helping your loved one can be emotionally and physically challenging. Self-care is important before helping someone out. Make sure to get enough sleep and focus on your diet. If you feel like you need therapy, don’t be afraid to do that. Try to do mindful meditation to feel relaxed. Do not feel guilty or responsible for their behavior.
In order to help your loved one, knowledge, empathy and patience is needed as they can make excuses or lie for their behavior. It can be a bad experience for everyone and can destroy relationships. Don’t argue with them at that time. Stay loving and support them through the process. Keep encouraging them to ask for help when they need. This is quite difficult to do but your step in helping them can let them achieve a happy and healthy life during recovery.