“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. ” ~ Charles Dubois
Dealing with a family member who has an addiction is one of the most challenging situations one can face. There is such a feeling of helplessness, sadness and even fear. There are no easy answers either, because until the addict acknowledges the problem and desires help, there is little anyone can do. Often we must shift the focus to how we can best take care of ourselves in relation to the situation.
Often there is a biochemical component to the addictive personality. There may be an underlying depression or anxiety that drives the individual toward addictive behaviors. Sometimes medication can help, but should not be taken along with other substances.
With or without the biochemical component, there is often an inner pain or a void that just will not go away. The addict relies on the substance or behavior to ease the pain, but if there is relief (not simply distraction), it is only short-lived. Now, in addition to the original pain or void there is often the added guilt about indulging in the addictive behavior. The downward cycle continues.
One of the best resources for one who wants to break the cycle is the support group: alcoholics/gamblers/overeaters/narcotics/ anonymous. Those who have quit their addictions can give powerful support for those just starting out.
Therapy can be helpful in dealing with underlying issues, and in developing new coping strategies. Hypnosis can be a powerful tool as well. The development of healthy strategies and even a new way of looking at life and its challenges is crucial in preventing relapse.
With clear intention, appropriate help and the support of friends and family, addictions can be conquered. When they are, life is no longer out of control. There is a fresh opportunity to consciously create the life one wants, and to bring health and vitality to all of one’s relationships.
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