The addict and alcoholic who is still suffering in their addiction can feel pretty powerless over their disease, but for the loved one who has to watch, the same kind of powerlessness can be felt. After watching your loved one struggle with drugs or alcohol, you may feel overwhelmed and frustrated, too, but there is still hope. It's very important that you educate yourself and get the proper support you need moving forward.
Try attending a 12-step fellowship for yourself. There isAl-Anon(sister program ofAA), if your loved one suffers from alcoholism, andNar-Anon(sister program ofNA), if your loved one struggles with drug addiction. This is the best place for you to go to learn more about the disease of addiction, alcoholism, and how you can help support your loved one on the road to recovery as well as yourself.
Addiction Education: Awareness, Prevention, & Intervention
Educating yourself on the disease of addiction will help you not only better understand what your loved one is going through, but also help you help them.
Here are some popular articles that may assist you on your journey into recovery:
Articles for family/Friends of addicts and alcoholics that provide information, resources, and support.
Recovery related stories of those who share their past, present, and hopes for the future now that they have discovered recovery. Both stories are shared from addicts/alcoholics and their family members.
Kids don't have a drug problem yet, but you would like to prevent one? Here is a simple guide to helping prevent future drug addiction and alcoholism problems for your loved one.
Suggestions and tools to successfully plan and have an substance abuse intervention with your loved one.
Substance abuse specialist program that provides information, resources, prevention & intervention services, and support for those who are dealing with someone in active addiction.
Drug abuse, addiction, problem drinking, and alcoholism can be very confusing. Trying to determine if you or your loved one has crossed the line into addiction can be even more confusing. You do not have to do this alone and there are people out there who not only share your experience, but found a way out of the destruction. If you would like to speak with a professional about possible treatment for a substance abuse problem call our 24/7 addiction crisis helpline: 877.975.4837. We are here for you.