Do you love him so much that you are willing to get him into rehab?
When you have a partner, spouse, family member or friend who is suffering from substance dependence or addiction, we often find ourselves wanting to keep them from harm and protect them even from themselves. We try to keep them clean and healthy, buy them medicine when they get sick, cover up their unpaid bills, support them when they lose their jobs, and help them if they get into any legal trouble.
Just like you need to be in tip-top physical health, you also need to be in shape when it comes to your behavioral health. Behavioral health involves your psychological well-being, the choices you make, habits you develop, and how your mental soundness is impacting your quality of life.
Having a loved one with a drug, alcohol or behavioral addiction problem can be a lot of stress and hardship. And the process of choosing the best rehabilitation facility for them can also be difficult. There are so many out there. And how would you know which one suits your loved one’s case the best?
Those who from addiction, or have family members suffer from this disease, see rehabilitation as an option for sobriety and recovery. However, there is more to rehabilitation than what is seen–or even glamorized–in the movies. For us at Bridges of Hope, we treat addiction through a method called Therapeutic Community.
The following is a heart-wrenching yet eye-opening letter of a mother who lost her son to drug addiction and misses him so much. Although this is in a Western setting, the problem of addiction affects families and cultures globally in much the same way: family members are shattered, spouses are broken hearted and parents cry out for the lives of their children.
Seeing a loved one throw his life and his health down the drain because of addiction can be heartbreaking. You would want to find a way to help him–even save him. If you could only understand, or if you could only make his problems go away…