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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The effects of drug use on the family

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There is no easy way to describe the devastation and sense of loss that is felt by family members when they are faced with the addiction of a loved one. The predominant feeling that encompasses many families is a feeling of loss very similar experiencing a loved ones death. Except the dead are gone, and the addict is a living nightmare that causes a similar grief to the family and friends that are caught in their own hell.
The uphill challenges that many family members have to face is how to live a happy life with an addict in the family whether they get treatment or not. It is almost inconceivable to think of. Happiness with an addict in the family? How can I? They have taken possession of all of our emotions our lives? My happiness always is dependant on their happiness. They are miserable, I am miserable. In walks classic co-dependency.
This is why it is vital that families that have been affected by addiction find support services in their area to help them have the tools they will need to over come this co dependency, this emotional prison they are trapped in. Counselling services are available that will assist families in combating their addicts control, by giving them resources and guidelines to avoid enabling their addict, as well as finding interventionists that can assist with getting your loved one the help they desperately need.
The key thing to keep in mind is there is no better day than today. There is no ideal moment or time, it is now. Addiction will not be easier tomorrow than it is today. Freedom and happiness and the saving of your loved one's life is not on stand by, it must occur today.
If you live in South Carolina, visit South Carolina Intervention. You can also call at 1-877-728-1122.
If you need help in your state please visit:
National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center for help in your state. Or you may call 1-800-784-6776
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