Help a Loved One
The absolute rule here is to take care of yourself first.
If your loved one struggles with addiction, you understand how isolating that experience can be. Shame and fear of stigma often keep family members suffering in the shadows.
Families deal with and experience the disease of addiction in many different ways. Coming to grips with the reality of what’s happening can be extremely difficult. And sometimes confusion, misunderstanding and other barriers can make the process of getting good help very hard.
You’re Not Alone
As a family member, you may be facing unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to feel that schools, law enforcement or other elements of “the system” have treated you poorly. You may have run into privacy issues with treatment providers, struggled with how to talk about your own experience or faced silence even within your own family.
These challenges are not easy. You’re probably grappling with how to support your loved one while setting boundaries. Parents of teens and young adults may feel guilty about their child’s addiction. Or that others might be blaming them for the problem.
Oftentimes, family members are torn between the devastating effects of the disease and the happy memories of the lost person and their hopes for the future.
But family members don’t have to face these problems alone. After all, nearly one in ten people in New Hampshire is suffering from a serious alcohol or other drug problem. Chances are, someone you know is also directly affected.
Contact us and we can connect with you a peer recovery coach who understands what you’re going through. Our coaches provide free support services to anyone who needs them.