Learning to Deal with the Addicted Person in Your Life

Learning to deal with the addicted person in your lifeWhen a person has an addiction, his or her loved ones suffer as well with the pain and trouble that addiction brings. When someone you love is struggling with substance use, you may feel helpless or frightened. Your loved one may behave in unusual ways, and your relationships may be strained. There is hope for this cycle to end. You can learn how to deal with the addicted person in your life, so you can have a happier tomorrow.

You Don’t Have to Deal with Addiction Alone

Addiction causes families to keep secrets. Sometimes the adults who can keep the best secrets grew up with addicted parents. Adults who have addicted loved ones often try to hide the problem or hope that the addiction will go away on its own. While you don’t have to broadcast your family and friend problems to the world, you can reach out and find support and understanding in the recovery community. There are millions of addicted persons in the United States alone, and many more worldwide. All of these people have caring friends and family members who have learned to deal with addiction. You are not alone.

Understanding Codependency with an Addict

It is natural to want to help an addicted person. You know the person you care about very well, and you knew your loved one before addiction became a serious problem. You may remember your loved one when he or she behaved differently. You may feel guilty or at fault about your loved one’s addiction, or you may feel confused about what is happening. While you cannot force another adult to stop using any substance, you can take steps to better understand the situation and help where you can.

Beware of becoming codependent with the addicted person. It is an easy trap to fall into and often happens gradually. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you find yourself trying to constantly rescue your loved one?
  • Do you find that you minimize the addiction?
  • Have you ever tried to delay seeking treatment?
  • Have you ever loaned money to an addicted person?
  • Have you ever asked that the addicted person use drugs at home, where it is “safe?”

These are all signs that you may be in a codependent relationship with the addict in your life. There is only one true way to help your loved one recover. Seek support for yourself, then seek the advice of a professional interventionist or recovery specialist.

Seeking Treatment for Your Loved One

If you have ever tried to help your loved one overcome addiction, you know that it is impossible to do on your own. You need rehab treatment for your loved one, and you need support and counseling for yourself. We can help. Call our toll-free helpline. Our recovery counselors will take time to get to know you and work with you to help you find specialty, targeted and expert treatment that works. We can even help you find professional intervention support, family counseling and family rehab programs and insurance coverage assistance for treatment. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now to find out how we can help you.