When someone you love is in active addiction, it can be devastating for the whole family – not only emotionally, but financially, mentally and spiritually. It’s agonizing to witness a family member or close friend lose their job, their relationships, their health, even their house and children to drugs or alcohol. You’ve been hurt by lies, burned by the stealing, and most of all – disheartened to see the person you once knew, completely transformed.
Seeing the pain of a loved one struggling with addiction can be extremely confusing and frustrating for family members and friends. Addiction is a disease that’s difficult to understand and deal with when trying to get someone healthy. This is especially true when that person is lashing out and rebelling against you.
Your spirits have been lifted with promises of recovery – but every time you let your guard down and trust them to change, you’ve only been disappointed. While you continue to stick by this person to the best of your ability, the thought has crossed your mind that they may never truly recover.
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Experiencing this struggle with addiction, it’s often easy for people to lose hope – but below are three reasons why you should never give up on a person struggling with addiction.
1. Your Loved One Does Have The Ability To Recover
While it may seem as though addiction has completely cut off all of your loved one’s ability to recover from their addiction, the truth is – addiction is a chronic, but treatable disease. They have the resources that they need to begin their road to recovery, they just don’t have the willingness – yet. Instead of focusing on what the disease has done to this person, focus on what they can become if they get treatment. Understand their potential and it will make it easier for you to be there for them when they are ready to begin their transformation.
2. Sometimes, Recovery Involves Relapse
Relapse is not a necessary part of recovery, but sometimes, it is a normal part of recovery. Just like patients with chronic illnesses like cancer or Crohn’s disease can experience recurrence in their disease, people struggling with addiction can relapse in their disease, as well. Sometimes, it takes multiple relapses before a person can find true healing from addiction. At the Treehouse, we see individuals who have struggled for decades with drug and alcohol abuse before finally breaking the chains of addiction. As long as your loved one is alive, there is hope and potential that they will find healing.
3. Your Loved One Is NOT A “Hopeless Case”
Has your loved one previously been to rehab – once, twice, perhaps multiple times – only to return to using drugs or alcohol? While it may be discouraging to both you and the person with the addiction, you must know that your loved one is not immune to recovery and there is no such thing as a hopeless case. Treatment for substance addiction has advanced significantly over the past few years and treatment programs are becoming much more tailored to the individual in need. Perseverance and patience will help you find the right program for your loved one, and will empower them to find their path to recovery.
At the Treehouse Rehab, we want to encourage any friends, family members or spouses not to give up on helping someone with an addiction. There is hope for anyone struggling with drugs or alcohol – and there is also healing available through treatment.