Now What?

Now What?

Not knowing what to expect in early recovery from your loved one? Here are some helpful tools and information so that you can help in a supportive way.

As Christmas approaches many of us are running around trying to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. Sometimes the hardest gifts to give are those you would give to a loved one who is in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Clearly a bottle of wine would be out of the questions, so what do you get the person in your life that is now clean and sober? Here are a few options that might help you out. Recovery Gift Ideas Christmas Tree Ornament There is so much you can do with this one. You can head on over…
  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. What Now? 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…
Related: What To Expect After Rehab   Long-Term Recovery from Addiction What exactly is long-term recovery from addiction?  This can be such a loose term since many individuals can find themselves feeling relief from obsession by continually working a program of recovery, attending 12-step fellowship meetings regularly, and tackling their step work with honesty.  These are the individuals that come to find out the emphasis is put more on the individual’s time spent having worked on themselves instead of the amount of time that they have spent abstinent from substances.  They may come to realize substances were but a symbol…
  When you take a look at the effects of an addiction in the family to alcohol and/or drugs, you might be able to realize the dramatic impact it leaves.  Addiction has the ability to impair relationships for extended periods of time – sometimes even permanently.  If your child is active in addiction and you are pushing them to recover, it can be infuriating for them when you are struggling with the disease of addiction yourself.  Dealing with addiction in the family is a complex matter since it’s a family disease affecting all sufferers and members related. You can’t set…
  It can be crucial for you to recognize that although you may not be the one who is addicted to alcohol and/or drugs, you can and still may be impacted by the illness your loved one suffers from.  Loved ones of addicts can brush off their feelings but addiction takes a toll on all members involved.  The impact can impair the lives of all who surround the addict, especially when loved ones are engaging in enabling behaviors and unable to manage their own lives. Related: Enabling vs. Supporting Family Disease Concept Having an accurate comprehension of how you may…
When it comes to how to deal with an addict, it’s no surprise situations may cause frustration on your behalf.  Addicts are known for testing the waters and stirring trouble, so it can be difficult to stay calm when you’re the loved one of an addict.  With addicts being known as overly sensitive people that overreact in the heat of the moment, there’s no telling what could happen.  Learning how to manage situations with your addicted loved one can prove to help relieve some anxiety for you in addition to benefit the relationship between you and your loved one. How…
  Daily readings and meditations can play a vital role in your addicted loved one’s recovery, as well as in your own life as their loved one.  These words of wisdom can provide relief in addition to lifting their mood throughout the course of the day. More: Click here for a meditation just for you! Daily Readings and Meditations  Practicing regular maintenance by keeping up with daily readings and meditations can benefit your addicted loved and yourself.  This ultimately provides your loved one with structure which they are likely unaccustomed to due to having been active in alcohol and/or drug…
  When it comes to how to help someone with addiction like your loved one, understanding the disease of addiction is as important as supporting them. How to Help Someone with Addiction Having a loved one suffer from an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs can be daunting while individuals in society are often left wondering how to help someone with addiction.  Learning about addiction and how it manifests itself is one of the most productive actions you can take if your loved one is suffering from the illness.  Addiction is a family disease The reality is that when one member…
An effective way for early prevention of drug abuse and addiction to help your children quit before starting can begin with methods like encouraging them to participate in activities to find out what they enjoy doing.  The importance in early prevention methods becomes clear as the rates for drug use continue to rise and more members in society become tragically addicted to substances as time goes on. More: Recovery Stories Early Prevention of Drug Abuse and Addiction Early prevention of drug abuse and addiction is a smart tactic in order to reduce the amount of people using substances in the…
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