For most Americans, addiction is a disease you are only superficially aware of until it strikes someone you love. While I hope this never comes to pass, the disease of addiction is increasingly prevalent in today’s society, so chances are someone close to you will struggle with a substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives. Should you find yourself faced with a loved one suffering at the hands of addiction, where can you go for information regarding the disease and advice as to how to help your loved one recover. There are many readily accessible sources of reputable information regarding addiction and the process of recovery.
Your first stop for information regarding substance abuse disorder should be your family physician. They are positioned ideally to offer you advice regarding your specific situation, as they have an intimate working knowledge of the disease of addiction as well as the family member in question. They will be able to answer any questions you have regarding the nature of the disease as well as steps you should take as a family member of an addict. You can also ask them to recommend an inpatient treatment facility so you are prepared to capitalize on any moments of clarity your loved one may experience in which they are ready to accept help.
For firsthand knowledge regarding addiction and its impact on the family, you should reach out to your local Al-Anon chapter. Al-Anon is a 12-step group formed by the family members of recovering alcoholics so that they could work on healing themselves from the damage caused by their loved one’s addiction. Al-Anon literature as well as its more seasoned members are a great source for information and advice for you and your family. You should consider attending meetings in addition to reading their published works and speaking with their members one on one.
Addiction, much like any other deadly disease, has a lasting impact on both the afflicted and their family. You are likely feeling helpless watching your loved one suffer, and a lack of knowledge about the nature of addiction adds to your despair. There are resources readily available to you, providing information and advice for you and your family during this difficult time. At Evolutions, we know the pain and suffering the families of addicts endure, and we believe in treating their wounds alongside the addict themselves. If you or a loved one is suffering at the hands of addiction, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 so we can advise you on the best course of action for you and your family.
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Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.
Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visitwww.evolutionstreatment.com