Family of an Addict

How to Come Together as a Family of an Addict

When someone you love has an alcohol or drug addiction, you spend all your time, energy, and resources trying to help them. Everything, including your own health and well-being, falls by the wayside as you try to make your loved one see that they might need drug rehab. Then, when they go into rehab, you realise that they are getting support – but what about you?

Your family may be struggling equally as much as your loved one with an addiction, and here’s what you can do to come together as a family.

Become Educated

When you don’t know precisely how addiction works, it can be hard to handle your emotions. You may get angry that your loved one is doing this to you on purpose, or upset that they knowingly hurt you. You may even think that they’re weak, selfish, or stubborn.

With some research, however, you can learn that addictions come from electrical impulse changes and brain chemistry alterations. Such knowledge can help you to let go of some of those emotions, and you may even find helpful tools that benefit your family as you deal with your loved one in drug rehab.

Go to Family Therapy

When someone has an addiction, it’s not just them that is suffering. It’s everyone around them. From that addict’s children and spouses to the addict’s parents and siblings; an addiction can impact everyone in the family. Such is the stress it can cause that it can end up tearing a family apart.

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Addicted to Drugs

Why People Get Addicted to Drugs

To those who have not grown up around addicts, addiction, or people who have gone to drug rehab, it can be hard to understand why people get addicted to drugs. However, addiction is one of Australia’s most significant problems, which means it must be easier than you think to find yourself reliant on alcohol or drugs. So, what’s the cause?

Many studies show that biology, your environment, and development can all play a part in someone becoming a drug addict and potentially needing drug rehab down the track.

Several studies over the years have shown that addiction can be genetic and inherited. Your risk of addiction can be higher, depending on whether you are related to an addict or someone with an addictive personality. What’s more, if your environment is one involving drugs and alcohol, you are at higher risk of forming a reliance on these drugs as well.

For example, if you grow up in a household where mum and dad, or other live-in family members, consume a lot of alcohol or partake in drug use, then you are more likely to consider using these substances yourself. If your household is free of substance use and abuse, you are less likely to become an addict.

Some people can also get addicted to drugs if they are prescribed opioid pain killers by a doctor. One in ten who are prescribed opioids end up addicted to them. There’s a genuine reality that 1.4 million Australians are currently battling opioid addiction and could require drug rehab.

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Stop Drinking

How to Stop Drinking

Every month in a 12-month period, over 2,300 people typed “how to stop drinking” into a Google search engine. That’s 2,300 people who haven’t been able to stop drinking without assistance, need some handy tips, or think they could possibly have a problem that requires a drug rehab facility.

Not everyone understands that alcohol is a drug and that it can be addictive. It’s entwined in Australian culture and activities and is seen as a social norm, rather than a potential problem waiting in the wings.

The truth is, alcohol is damaging. One in six Australians consume enough alcohol to put them at risk of an alcohol-related injury or disease, and one in five over 14 were a victim of an incident involving alcohol in 2016.

If you’re ready to admit that enough is enough, then read on. Here are a few things you can do to stop drinking and turn your life around.

Step One: Remove Alcohol from Your Home

Removing temptation is the first step to stop drinking. Get rid of any alcohol in your house and avoid places that sell it so that you don’t put yourself in an easy purchasing situation. If you make it challenging for yourself to access alcohol, you are less likely to give in to your urge to drink.

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