Addiction is difficult to get through and it is even harder for people that have to get through it alone. Your family can help you, but you need to make sure that they understand what you are going through. You also need to be willing to be honest and open with them.
Addiction can rip apart families, so sometimes it can be hard for yours to step up and be there for you, especially if your addiction has caused them any amount of pain. There are steps that you will need to take with your family, and then they will be able to be there for you.
You Need To Help Yourself First
Before anyone can help you, as an addict, you need to admit you have a problem and work toward getting the help that you need in order to start recovery. Recovery isn’t easy and there are steps that you will need to take in order to reach sobriety. One thing you’ll need to remember is that once you’re an addict you are always an addict and each day will be a challenge in staying clean.
Get into a recovery program, go into detox if you need to, and then follow the steps they give you for recovery so that you can start getting better. They will also help you through the steps in reconciling issues with your family and asking for their forgiveness.
Accepting Your Family’s Help
There are many ways your family can help you, the least of which is simply sticking by you through your fight for sobriety. One of the most important things for them are attending meetings and therapy. It helps them as much as it helps you. Children can be very impressionable, so them seeing a therapist can help keep them from falling into the same addictive tendencies as you.
When your family asks you how you are feeling, and even when their questions seem accusatory, you still want to try to take it in stride and know that they just want to help you. Your life and your health are important to them. In fact, it may be more important to them at some stages in your addiction than your health is to you.
If your family pushes you, it’s because they love you. That can be hard to understand. And if you continuously fall off the wagon it makes things even harder on them.
Everything starts with rehab. While you are in the program you may not be able to see your family right away, but that is all part of the process. It can be healing for them to get a little time away from you, and it is definitely good for you to focus on yourself and your own recovery to begin with.