Oftentimes, drug addiction or alcohol abuse begins with the experimental use of substances in social settings such as at a party with friends or at a family celebration. For some, this experimental or casual use, turns into the habitual use of the substance and into a need to continue using the substance excessively despite negative consequences.
When you see a friend or loved one heading down this path or living their daily life impaired by a substance, it’s difficult to know what to do. You may offer your friend or loved one support and resources but ultimately it is up to them to make the decision to get help. The stress and worry that results from offering support and having it seemingly ignored or simply rejected is difficult to live with.
It may be that your friend or loved one wants to stop using and has had several failed attempts at staying clean. Many people, though not all, will make several attempts to get clean before they eventually find what works for them. The hope of them getting better and then the let-down when they return to using can be a difficult emotional roller coaster.
Whatever the case may be for you, these relationships can be terribly painful, scary and confusing. The impact on you can be profound. Although you cannot change or control your loved one’s behavior, you can find a way to shift the effect it is having on you. What you can control, are the actions you take to do what is right for yourself in the situation. Let’s discuss these actions to help you find some solid footing and some peace of mind.
Please reach out to schedule an appointment today. I really look forward to hearing from you!