People say that if you do not have hope, you do not have anything at all. Does this thought process also apply when dealing with a loved one who is facing addiction?
Hope is extremely important when coping with a family member who is suffering from addiction. Interacting with a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can quickly wear a person down. Families of addicts live in a world filled with anger, regret, fear and disappointment. Their addicted family member is hurting themselves and the people around them, and they are throwing their life away while ruining relationships that are important to them. At times like this, you may wonder what the family should do. The answer: remain hopeful.
Hope can keep you going. Hope can calm the anger and fear. If you have a loved one who is lost to addiction and cannot seem to find their way out, do not give up. The best thing you can do is hold out with hope for their recovery because it will help you continue to talk to them and find a way to get them into treatment.
How can you remain hopeful? Retain the knowledge that you are not alone. There are others in the exact same situations who have made it through rehab and recovery. There are good treatment programs designed to help someone just like your loved one get better. With your support and encouragement, your loved one stands a much better chance at a full recovery. Without hope, you would have to admit defeat and give up. Maintain your positive attitude, stay supportive and be willing to help in any way you can.
When times get tough and you falter in your hope, be sure to get help for yourself as well. Join a support group, see a counselor or talk to someone who understands and can help you through this trying situation. Watching a loved one self-destruct is difficult, but you should not give up on your family member. Believe that they can do it, and support their recovery in whatever way you can.