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helpful tips for families

Ask for help

No family is equipped to deal with an issue like addiction alone. Your Next Step should be to reach out and find the right people to help you start the process of change. Find a local support group or support system that can offer you a safe place to learn and understand what is happening to your loved one. Don't let your fear of asking for help be the reason your loved one does not receive the treatment or support that they need.

Stop arguing with them

When dealing with a child or a loved one who could be an active addict or alcoholic, it is important to know that your attempts to reason with them may be ineffective. Most individuals who are living the lifestyle of an addict or an alcoholic become very good at arguing, fighting, defending, and justifying their position. So good sometimes that you are left defenseless.

Because of this, they are going to better at it than you are since they are practicing it everyday and making it a way of life. Addiction does not respond to reason and you may need to do more than just fight with them about how much "YOU" want them to stop doing drugs or drinking for your reasons. The first step toward improved communication is to Stop Arguing with your child or addicted loved one.

Learn as much as you can

Whether you decide to begin reading books, attending local support groups, or attending educational services like those available through Baystate Recovery Services, you are doing the right thing. The most important and supportive thing you can do for yourselves as well as your loved one is to learn about, not only what is happening to them, but what has happened to you and your family.

The family system has a way of changing and adapting to the addiction within, and often has families so twisted and confused that they forget that they can create change by working together. Learn, Learn, Learn...