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.

Supporting a loved one in early recovery from a drug and/or alcohol addiction during the holidays can be difficult for you as a parent, significant other, sibling, child, friend, or other loved one. Dealing with your loved one’s addiction and/or alcoholism has no doubtingly already been a complex matter on its own, but the holidays bring their own distress and concern to the drawing board. You will need to keep a keen and watchful eye on them at times, lend a helping hand, and offer a supportive shoulder for your loved one to lean on during this crucial time of…
It seems people struggle to communicate effectively whether they are in recovery from alcohol and drugs or not. Communication is an essential human tool for living, allowing the needs of others to be understood. When a loved one is recovering from addiction, the process of communication can seem rocky at first, but there are ways to connect with one another that allow both of you to get each others points across in a conductive manner. Communicate Effectively with Your Loved One When you know there is an important matter that you need to address with your loved one in recovery…
Finding the capability within you to overcome fear and face the reality of your loved one’s addiction may seem impossible.  After collapse and despair was thrown before you when you discovered that you were in fact actually dealing with your loved one suffering from the menacing disease of addiction, you had to come to realize that you would be in for the long haul of perseverance, patience, and acceptance whether you were ready for it or not. Overcome Fear to Live Freely In Peace The process to overcome fear is far easier said than done.  It seems only logical that…
Showing encouraging messages of support for your loved one in recovery from an alcohol and/or drug addiction may pose a challenge for you. Whether they are newly sober or have been in recovery for several years, you may still struggle with how to make them feel comfortable over holidays like Thanksgiving and encourage them while they tackle their daily struggles of living. Encouraging Messages of Support Be there Before you can truly move forward with being supportive of your loved one in recovery on a holiday like Thanksgiving, you should take a closer look into what it means to display…
  There can often come a point when families, friends, and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics find themselves wondering how to stop being codependent because they notice that their love for them has become more destructive than helpful. Noticing signs of codependency can be difficult because it is all too easy to confuse caring for your loved one with enabling your loved one and causing their recovery process to decline detrimentally. How to Stop Being Codependent and Why It’s Important Showing support of your loved one will play an important role during their recovery because they need to know…
  What is an addiction?  For some people, the personal experience of the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction has provided an obvious answer.  There are others that remain uncertain about their drinking and drugging habits as they question whether they are truly powerless over their use and if their lives are truly unmanageable as a result.  Understanding what constitutes as qualifications for the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction will help the individual who is in dubious debate to determine whether they may or may not be suffering from malady that puts the body and mind in constant disruption.…
What is Halloween about? Green-faced witches, zonked out zombies, and howling hairy werewolves are the characters depicted by children trolling in their costumes as they go house after house and yearn for the next piece of luscious candy to possess so they can devour it soon thereafter. Perhaps that is what Halloween is like for the young Trick-Or-Treaters, but what is Halloween about after a loved one gets sober and enters a world in recovery? What Is Halloween About for Your Loved One? Holidays can be particularly stressful for an individual who is recovering from a drug and/or alcohol addiction.…
  Now looking back at having these constant cycling thoughts when I was young that screamed, “Where did I come from?” when I unfairly compared myself to what appeared to be the perfect family I was surrounded by, I realize that I set myself up to be outcast. This was one of the earliest attributions to my disease of addiction because I had to be different and so innately unique from the rest of my family. Although this isn’t quite true, later on in my teen years I would come to see that I was indeed a bit astray from…
There are many signs of addiction that can immediately tip you off to the confirmation of the belief that your child is indeed abusing drugs. In fact, you have probably seen them on a regular basis at times without even realizing that they were signifying the disease itself. After taking notice of these behaviors and seeing these patterns in your child, you be left wondering what to do. Once you have seen these signs of addiction and have grown to be considered, you should aid them in opting for some form of treatment in order for them to have the…
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