Drug addiction is a serious condition which is chronic in nature. Addicts become chemically dependent on a substance, to the extent that it becomes the most important thing in their lives. Both professional and personal relationships will deteriorate, and in some cases the final outcome is overdose and death. Therefore, is it possible for someone to be a support pillar for an addict in recovery?
Providing Support To Addicts
To be honest, providing support to a drug addict is not easy. Those who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol can behave erratically, and may appear to friends and loved ones to be a completely different person. It isn’t uncommon for addicts to steal from their families in order to support their habit, and while under the influence they may become aggressive or violent, even towards people they normally care about.
When you add to this the fact that most people have no experience dealing with someone who is addicted to a controlled substance, it becomes easy to see why being supportive can be so difficult. It isn’t unusual for many families to simply throw up their hands and push away their drug addicted relatives, leaving them to fend for themselves alone. Other families try to ignore the problem completely, hoping it will go away on its own. This further increases the risk of the addict succumbing to their condition.
To effectively provide addiction recovery support, friends and family members must first take the time to learn as much as they can about substance abuse. Once they have this information it will be easier to make the right decisions. Family therapy and counseling is extremely important. Oftentimes there are underlying issues which are responsible for addiction, and they may have their origins within the family. Therapy is a highly effective way of getting to the root cause of the problem. Only then can positive change occur.
Recovering Addicts May Need Space
Sometimes the best way to provide support to a recovering addict is to give them space. Most addicts have events or environments which trigger their drug usage and this may come from the family or experiences of the past. Giving them space is a form of support, although it may not feel like it.
However, just leaving an addict alone will not work. Rather, they must be left in the care of people who are experienced with dealing with those who are addicted to drugs. Friends and family members can play a pivotal role in encouraging their loved ones who are addicted to enter rehab, and may assist them by paying for a part of the service. Only through detoxification and professional, long term therapy will a drug addict be able to recover in order to lead a normal, healthy life. Family members and friends should avoid doing anything to trigger their drug addicted relatives and should work with them to resolve any underlying issues that may be responsible for the condition.