Helping an Addicted Loved One
If you suspect that someone you know and love has been suffering at the hands of a substance abuse disorder, you are likely wondering what you can do to help. This is especially true if you are living under the same roof as your loved one – say it is your spouse, more specifically your husband. Watching your husband struggle with addiction is one of the most painful and frustrating experiences you will ever experience. You might have had conversation after conversation, bargained with him, bribed him – all with little luck.
Addiction is a tricky disease – helping someone you love overcome addiction is not as simple as driving them to weekly doctor’s appointments, holding their hand as they undergo treatment or reminding them to take their medication twice a day. Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease, one that has the power to rip families apart and devastate the lives of everyone it touches.