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What Is Your Role In Your Loved One’s AddictionThere is plenty of research available on the role of friends and family in a loved one’s addiction, and while many can be quite useful or eye-opening, addiction is a very personal disease. There is no one-size-fits-all program or brochure that will be applicable to every addict and his loved ones. Friends and family are generally hit harder than the addict themselves. The addict is so consumed by his addiction that he is blind to much of the damage he is causing. Sober or non-addictive friends and family will struggle with worry, fear, confusion, hurt feelings, and other consequences of their loved one’s addiction, and the most difficult thing to face is not knowing what or how they can possibly help or when they should cut the addict out of their life.

Addressing these concerns and questions will require friends and family to take several difficult steps. The first of which is to educate themselves about substance abuse and addiction. If they find they too are struggling with addiction-related issues, they must begin resolving those first. Since most people are not trained in how to get an addict into treatment and recovery, the next step is to be in touch with a professional addiction counselor or interventionist. Addiction is a complex illness. There are several resources available to educate Tennessee residents on the ins-and-outs of addiction. Going to addiction support groups, meetings, and speaking with recovery professionals can help friends and family figure out their unique role in their loved one’s addiction. Learning from others who have experienced similar issues and challenges will benefit the addict’s recovery.

Aside from educating one’s self on how to help an addicted loved one, friends and family of an addict in Tennessee should also consider seeking help for their own issues related to the addict’s behavior. Spouses, children, parents, siblings, and friends may have been seriously affected by the addict’s behavior. Aside from learning about the disease and why the addict’s behavior is the way it is, friends and family can seek counseling, therapy, marital or family counseling, or simply support and conversation from others who can provide advice, motivation, encouragement, sympathy, and understanding.

Getting Help for You and Your Addicted Loved One

Addiction hurts everyone, and you may be racking your brains over how you can help your addicted loved one, but you can’t put this all on yourself. The best way you can assist a loved one struggling with addiction is by getting help yourself. You are not the cause of your loved one’s addiction, nor are you the solution, but you can help your loved get the help he needs and you can prepare yourself to support and guide them during recovery.

To learn how you can help both you and your loved one overcome this addiction, call our toll-free helpline to speak with a recovery professional. Recovery professionals are available 24 hours a day to answer questions, address concerns, provide information, and connect you to the resources and services that will benefit you and your loved one in Tennessee. We are here to help, however we can. If you’re ready, call and speak with a recovery professional today.