How Can You Help a Loved One Who Suffers From a Chemical Dependency?

chemical dependencyAddiction is a hard reality to face, for the addict and loved ones alike.

It’s often easier for friends and family to slip into denial, rather than admit that someone they love has a chemical dependency.

Unfortunately, denial won’t make the addiction magically disappear. It takes hard work, dedication, and the right kinds of professional help.

Read on to find out where you can turn and what steps you can take to help a loved one that’s suffering from addiction.

Know What Chemical Dependency Entails

The first step to helping a loved one battle addiction is by arming yourself with knowledge.

Chemical dependency isn’t just a state of mind, it’s an actual physical illness. Just like any other illness, it’s important to know the symptoms. By knowing the signs of addiction, you’re making it possible to get treatment before the problem becomes unmanageable.

It’s important you learn the possible triggers, as well. Much like not reinfecting yourself with a cold, you can help reduce the risk of a backslide in the recovery process.

When you truly understand what your loved one is going through, you can help make the road to recovery smoother for them.

Don’t Be An Enabler

Having enablers is one of the biggest roadblocks that an addict can face.

No one wants to see a loved one suffer, do they? Of course not. So, they offer a place to stay, and food to eat, and access to money and resources.

They make excuses for bad behavior, and try to save them from punishments like doing time for theft. They already have things hard enough, don’t they? Making them suffer will just make things worse, won’t it?

The truth is, it’s actually the opposite. An addict has to truly want to change, in order for recovery to be successful. When you take away all consequences for them, they won’t see any need for things to change.

Even if you feel like you’re being cruel, in reality, you’re probably saving their life.

Take Part In The Recovery Process

It’s not just your loved one suffering from addiction, you are as well.

If this doesn’t make sense to you at first, it’s important to remember that addiction affects everyone. There’s more to addiction than just the physical effects of the substance itself.

It can be just as hard to recover from the emotional fallout that chemical dependency causes, and it affects everyone.

Guilt can make you feel like their addiction is your fault, because maybe you didn’t do enough or weren’t there enough for them. You might feel anger, or rage, at what you see as their weakness.

Not only can your emotions pull you down, but it can make their recovery harder.

This is why it’s important that you take your own steps to recovery. By taking part in meetings and therapy sessions, you learn important tools to help aid their recovery process as well.

Recovery Can Start Today

Through recovery, you learn the most important thing of all: it’s not your fault, and none of you have to go through this alone.

If you have a loved one suffering from chemical dependency, we can help. We have the resources you need to help your loved one and yourself down that road to successful recovery.