Life is filled with stress and strain. Sometimes we go down the wrong path. There are plenty of things we wish we could do over again. But all you can do is move forward. If you’re struggling with addiction, one of the first things you might consider is addressing your addiction with family and friends.
Having addiction conversations is not easy. But they are important as an expression of needing help and acknowledging that it’s time for a change. With some careful thinking and honest reflection, you can discuss your addiction with your loved ones.
The Dangers of Addiction
Addiction remains one of the most pressing public health concerns in the United States. It has caused a growing number of overdose deaths in the last two decades, and countless numbers of emergency room visits.
The reason addiction is so fearsome is what it does to your brain chemistry. It is a disease in which your brain rewires itself and begins to expect drugs or alcohol as a condition of feeling “normal.” Recognizing addiction is a challenge. Here are some of the signs:
- Disrupted sleep
- Repeated bouts with withdrawal symptoms
- Escalating problems at work, at school, at home
- Increased propensity to argue, putting a strain on relationships
- Elevated heart rate or blood pressure
If you begin to see some of these signs, you may want to consider getting help from a rehab facility such as Northern Illinois Recovery.
3 Ways to Discuss Your Addiction with Your Loved Ones
Experiencing addiction is a moment of crisis in your life. Making it even harder is figuring out a way to talk to family and friends about your problems. It’s not easy. But consider some of these approaches to ease the shock:
- Don’t try to be perfect. You can sketch out some thoughts, but be genuine and vulnerable. Trust that your words will be received with love.
- Avoid blame. The circumstances of substance abuse are many and complicated. But right now, it doesn’t help to point fingers. There will be time to sort that out later.
- Commit to getting help. One of the ways you can ease the fears of the family is by showing that you are ready to go through treatment.
Getting Support for Your Recovery
The support of family is vital to the success of your recovery from addiction. But family isn’t the only source of strength. Professionally facilitated support groups provide a powerful recovery tool for people struggling with substance abuse.
The best-known support group is Alcoholics Anonymous, known for its 12-step programs for reconciliation and recovery. Other groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous, offer participants similar support using the 12 steps.
Another option for rehab support: the SMART program, which stands for self-management and recovery training. Like Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART support programs seek to build community among participants and families.
Other support groups may be found at churches or other religious institutions, hospitals or clinics, or county health departments. Some programs have even started online. At these support groups, you can continue having important addiction conversations to help with your recovery.
Seek Recovery and Healing with Northern Illinois Recovery Center
Addiction impacts relationships with your family and friends. If you need addiction treatment, consider the services of the Northern Illinois Recovery Center. Located about 50 miles from Chicago, we focus on your individual needs in building treatment plans that work. Our experienced staff specializes in outpatient care. We offer the full gamut of outpatient options, including our partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient program. We also offer an alumni program that helps provide additional post-rehab support. Make a move toward sobriety. Reach out to Northern Illinois Recovery Center at 855.786.1978 to schedule an initial consultation.