We all know the advert effects of drug addiction and substance abuse. Not only does addiction affect the victim but the society in general. Hence, people view drug addiction as a family disease. Addiction destroys the life of the victims, the relationship, trust, and love they have among families and societies.
As such, the hardship is two-sided. On the one hand, the victim struggles to overcome this tragic chapter, while on the contrary, the family has to endure witnessing one of the members succumbing to darkness. How do we gather the courage to help them? What do we need to do to save them?
“Addiction begins with the hope that something “out there” can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.” – Jean Kilbourne
Here are recommended tips to gather the courage to be robust enough to support your loved ones in overcoming drug addiction.
We all know how dangerous drugs are. They make the user physically, mentally, and emotionally unstable. But to what extent? We don’t really know. In fact, we are afraid to explore the depths of this issue because we’re too scared to grasp the gravity of the situation.
And when we don’t know anything about the subject, we handle it comprehensively. How then can we help our loved ones overcome an addiction if we didn’t understand it ourselves? Before you start helping your loved ones, educate yourself first to understand what they’re going through. Understand the science behind the addiction.
Seek to understand not just the medical aspect but also, more importantly, the emotional and psychological aspects. Most drug victims are shouldering a heavy burden in their lives. It’s only by understanding the core problem is that you be able to help. You can coax them into opening up to you and eventually solve the problem at hand.
Offer Genuine Support
Drug addicts can tell compulsory support from genuine support. Often, compulsory support comes from the society. The society feels compelled to help drug addicts it’s because it’s their duty. For that reason, most of the time, drug users avoid scheduling appointments psychiatrists because they view them as insincere even if that’s not always the case.
Genuine support, on the other hand, comes from the heart. It means that you genuinely care for and love the person. Their optimum health and recovery are your best interest. As such, you are willing to help them without anything in return. A drug addict is more compelled to change after receiving genuine support.
Be Consistent (But Not Overbearing)
The process of overcoming addiction is not only physically draining but also emotionally and psychologically draining. If the process of remission is hard for you and you’re not even a drug addict, imagine how nightmare it is for the victim. You can’t expect your loved one to go turkey from drugs altogether. Sometimes, the victim may even relapse.
That’s why it’s important for you to understand their feelings. Don’t just reprimand them when they fail. Be consistent in your communication and engage in a heart-to-heart talk. Ask your loved one while he was tempted to go back again. What was their mistake? Explain to them gently why what they did was a mistake. Also tell them how to avoid committing the act again. As they say, offer constructive criticism.
Support the Recovery Process
It’s also important for your loved one to feel your presence in every step of the recovery process. It makes them feel more confident and motivated to change for the better because they know that there’s still someone who believes and has hope in them.
“Once your friend or family member is receiving treatment, or going to meetings, remain involved. “While maintaining your own commitment to getting help for yourself, continue to support their participation in ongoing care, meetings and recovery support groups. Continue to show that you are concerned about their successful long-term recovery.” – National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence