Loving an addict is painful, there are just no simple ways around the issue. Whether it is your spouse, your child, or a friend, the pain and isolation you feel is overwhelming. For many, the shame associated with having an addict in your family is also a key factor in why so many families wait so long before they actually take the steps to seek treatment. If you suffer from addiction and you live in South Carolina please see: Addiction Treatment Centers in South Carolina.
Traditional means of support might include sharing your story with friends, family and even the family priest, or pastor etc. The courage it takes to actually air ones dirty laundry is immense and in most cases it will be seen that way by those you decide to turn to for support. Pulling outsiders into your own personal shame and hell is not easy and there will be some that will avoid you altogether. Getting people to support you while not judging is even harder to do. Where can one go and simply find help and courage, support and strength? One must first seek support through groups like Narconon, Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Codependents Anonymous, and for young people-Alateen .
Fortunately there are many valuable resources online and locally that many can turn to in this difficult time. Loving a person that is addicted to drugs and alcohol is a painful and sad existance. Often we feel alone in our pain, our devastation and grief. The grief we feel is second only to what we feel when we lose a loved one, and perhaps the two aren’t totally unrelated.
Once you take the action you need to get well yourself, especially if you suffer from co dependency, you will heal from within. Once the healing you experience begins to take firm root, resolve becomes the next step. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, and a lot of courage to find it. Stand strong. Stand firm, and don’t give up.
For support and help see:
Al Anon Meetings
Co Dependants Anonymous
Drug Addiction and Alcohol Support
For information and support on various drugs and addiction, see:
The Addicted Family
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