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How To Cope With A Loved One’s Addiction

Everyone is impacted by addiction. It may not be your own, but a family member or friend’s addiction can take a toll on you. Aside from helping your loved one, you must also make sure to take care of yourself. This can be done by going to family therapy or even private therapy sessions for yourself. You should not feel ashamed of going to therapy. Your feelings matter, too. Learning as much as possible about addiction and co-occurring disorders can also be helpful. Advocating for your loved one is a great step, too. 

Family therapy sessions can be extremely helpful if you have a loved one who is dealing with an addiction. There may be some shame and blame when it comes to addiction. There may even be some distancing between you and your loved one. Working through these things in family therapy can be extremely helpful in helping both parties move forward. In family therapy, you can learn bonding techniques and help set family goals. Learning to cope as a group will make a huge difference in your family life. 

Individual therapy for yourself may seem difficult, but there are harbored feelings that you may hold. Whether you feel partially responsible for your loved one’s addiction, or you resent them for the pain they have caused, therapy sessions for yourself can help to break down these feelings and create some space for healing to occur. You will be able to learn tools that can help you move forward, but also repair your relationship with your loved one. Individual therapy can be beneficial for you, but also indirectly for your loved one suffering from the addiction. 

Ignorance helps no one; it definitely isn’t bliss. Learning about your loved one’s addiction can be helpful in learning to deal with their addiction. The more you learn, the more empathetic you’ll be when it comes to your loved one. You will also come across resources that may increase awareness and help to strengthen your relationship. This may also lead you to want to advocate for your loved one and their needs. 

Lastly, self-care may be one of the most important things for you when you have a loved one dealing with an addiction. Their addiction can take a huge toll on you. You must remember to take care of yourself — you cannot pour from an empty glass. Remember to get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise.

At Villa Tranquil Recovery, we are here for our patients, but also for their families. We want to help heal the mind, body, and spirit of all parties involved. Reach out to our trained and experienced staff if you think you can benefit from addiction help. Call today at 214-799-3080.