Those that have never dealt with an addiction cannot know the full impact it has on people and the way it can ruin entire lives. Drug abuse not only hurts the addict but also severely impacts family members, particularly those living with the addict. Friends, co-workers, and professional relationships are all disrupted from someone’s drug abuse. If they were aware of the signs of drug abuse, it could help alleviate some of the unexpected consequences. For the addict, the knowledge of what he or she is doing to others amplifies the shame and guilt of the addiction and causes further dependence. However, those willing to seek recovery can find help with professional treatment. Best Drug Rehabilitation works with drug addicts and family members to help them customize an addiction treatment program that will help them overcome their addiction, rebuild life skills, and prepare for a successful transition back to their everyday lives.
The Drug User and the Signs of Drug Abuse
Just the term ‘drug user’ brings an alarming sense of how dangerous and destructive drugs can be. But drug users are regular people who are in severe pain and in dire need of support and care. Most people begin using drugs for recreational purposes or to cope with problems in their lives. However, as the dependence builds and the tolerance increases, people are led to a full-blown addiction that they cannot stop by themselves. As the addiction increases the signs of drug abuse become more apparent. When this occurs it may be too late for the user to recognize the need for help, but friends and family who see these signs need to be ready to step in and help.
Only the family members of addicts know just how much someone’s addiction can ruin a family, tear people apart, and destroy lives. Drug addiction is a family disease where even those who do not use any drugs are deeply affected. Family members of drug addicts often experience issues of co-dependency, control, anxiety, depression, anger, and isolation. They fear other relatives, friends, or co-workers finding out about the drug addict’s problem or their loved one losing a job. Others become so enraged at the drug addict that they begin to gossip and criticize, leading to built up resentment and hatred.
What Families Can Do
It is crucial that family members realize that they did not cause the addiction, they cannot control a drug addict’s behavior, and that they cannot cure their problem. However, by learning the signs of drug abuse and finding proper support, family members can regain the focus on their own lives, find peace, and create a loving environment of compassion and care that can help their addicted loved ones.
Children of Drug Addicts
Children that grow up in a home with a drug addict are more likely to begin using drugs themselves or enter into relationships with partners that have an addiction. Given their difficult environment, children often develop severe emotional, social, and physical problems. Some struggle in school and act out. Others become perfectionists and people-pleasers, leading to excessive anxiety and stress. It is crucial that children in homes with drug addicts receive counseling or visit support groups early on so that they do not carry the effects of a parent or sibling’s drug addiction into their adult lives.
Personal and Business Relationships
While both family members and drug addicts attempt to keep secrets from friends and co-workers, many already know something is wrong. Close friends and professionals can be impacted by the effects of the drug addict too, often resulting in enabling attempts to help cover things up or make up for missed work. By offering support and understanding, friends and professionals can give drug addicts a way to speak openly about their problems and encourage them to seek help.
Building a Better Life
No drug addiction is too far along to be overcome. Many long-time addicts look back at their old actions and remain in awe of the fact that they are still alive, even surviving multiple overdoses, car accidents, and extreme health problems. Anyone who is willing to do whatever it takes to recover can heal and regain his or her life back by opening up to professional help. Family members too can seek out help for themselves and their loved ones, learning how to stop enabling and turn resentments into compassionate support. Best Drug Rehabilitation can offer more information to drug users and family members about the best available treatment options, customizable programs for individual clients, and where to get help. Contact us today to start the healing.