In many past posts, we have written about how to draw the line between enabling and empowering and how families can help their loved ones who are in recovery. Addiction and recovery can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions and judgment calls, a tug-of-war between helping and hurting.
As families and friends of someone dealing with substance or behavioral addiction you may feel that you are at your wits’ end trying to figure out how you should behave towards the addict. At times, you may even bicker among yourselves how you should let the addicts be or impose stricter rules. Either way, you are all coming from the same place of concern and love for the addicts.
Admitting that someone in your family has a substance abuse or addiction problem can be very difficult. In our society, this is taboo and is almost always met with stigma. However, if you suspect that a family or loved one is using harmful drugs and you want to help him or her, the foremost hurdle to overcome is that of your own acknowledgement.