Living in denial about your loved one’s addiction problem is not the answer; acknowledging it and addressing it though drug rehabilitation is what is needed.
Families struggling with an addicted loved one are living in crisis mode. They often fail to see the many behavior and warnings signs that indicate a problem is present. Living in denial about a loved one’s substance abuse problem leads to further destruction in the family and can potentially hamper receiving the treatment that is necessary to end addiction. A parents or families denial of their loved one’s addiction problem can be the pivotal cause for long term success or failure.
Before help for addiction is sought out, it is very common for loved ones to live in a state of denial about their family member’s addiction problem; often hoping that it is a phase that will pass in time. Their decision to look the other way in hopes that things will return to “normal” is a common coping mechanism. It is human nature that when under extreme stress the individual will turn to the denial reflexive defense to give their overly stressed mind a break in order to absorb what is really going on around them. While this reflexive denial of what is going on can work to calm the loved ones of the addicted individual, it does not provide a long term solution to the problem.
In the case of addiction, early intervention is always best. Living in denial about your loved one’s addiction problem until it becomes so bad that it is undeniable can lead to catastrophic consequences. Looking the other way, denying there is a problem only reinforces to the addicted individual that their behavior is ok. Families who choose to commit to making a change early in their loved one’s addiction problem leads to becoming pro-active and getting help sooner.
Where many families fall short in helping their loved one is after this initial push for change. Once the addicted loved one’s problems have been laid on the table it is time for action. Many families fall into a false sense of confidence that their loved one has now acknowledged their addiction problem and will take the proper steps on their own to stop using. The family members mistakenly believe that this topic has been put to rest and begin to loosen the structure and boundaries they have set for their addicted loved one. This lack of follow-through in getting the loved one the help they need is where many families fall short in their efforts to help their addicted family member.
In order for the addicted loved one to truly recover from their addiction problem, drug rehabilitation is necessary. It is only by learning new ways of thinking and interacting that the addicted individual can put their addiction in the past and move on to a healthy sober life. Without the help of addiction treatment, the addicted person may be able to go a few weeks or months with out returning to drugs – but that does not solve the problem in the long run. The entire family will need to make changes to support and guide the addicted individual. Family members of addicts benefit from counseling and therapy to help them learn to adjust their viewpoint and develop healthy, honest relationships with their loved one’s again.
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