Living with the problem
Living with someone who has a destructive relationship with alcohol or drugs can be exhausting. Family members can often experience a number of painful and conflicting emotions, ranging from frustration, to loneliness and confusion, when trying to help someone in addiction.
Thankfully, there is a solution
Whilst alcoholism and drug dependency are complex problems, with many related issues, recovery is possible. There is no quick fix or one size fits all solution. We have seen countless individuals come to us feeling hopeless and helpless but leave as healthier and happier people.
To talk to an expert who can help, please call us on 08000029010.
For more information about some of the more common issues surrounding families and addiction, please read on.
Helping someone who doesn’t want help
An addict or alcoholic often struggles to accept that they have a problem. In this climate of denial and dis-honesty addiction can thrive. Addicts will try to hide their problem and can become defensive and evasive when confronted. This person that you care about may have shrugged off your help on many occasions.
There comes a point, however, when seeking professional could make the difference and structured intervention can be a highly effective solution.
Please speak to us confidentially today to find out how an intervention could help your family.
When is the right time to help?
If left untreated, addiction is an illness that will become progressively worse. That is why waiting for someone to ‘hit rock bottom’ and ask for help is a dangerous strategy. It is far better to address an addiction problem at the earliest possible opportunity, preferably at the first signs of a problem, before it spirals out of control. Early identification enables more effective recovery and treatment that can be less intense or disruptive to that individual.
How do I know if someone needs help?
If alcohol or drugs are costing a person more than money then they have a problem and may need help to stop drinking or using. If someone you know has a problem with alcohol or drugs, you may identify with the following scenario.
I’m frustrated, hurt and upset
Your attempts to confront the problem may have fallen on deaf ears. You may be exhausted with the lies and manipulation that often accompany the behaviour of addicts and alcoholics. Perhaps you are unsure about the scale of the problem and wonder whether the person you are trying to help is indeed an alcoholic or drug addict? In all likelihood you might not know where to turn or what the next step should be.
We urge you to reach out and ask for help, not only for your loved one, but for you too. Getting help for yourself may feel counterintuitive but it can help you to understand the illness of addiction further. It also sends a clear signal to the person that you are trying to help and may motivate them to address their problem. Help for the helper is widely available. You are not alone with this.