If someone you love is struggling with addiction, you need to make sure you’re taking care of your wellbeing and protecting yourself.
Tips on Dealing with the Addict in your Life
Anyone who knows an addict realizes that addiction is a difficult disease to deal with. People who are addicted do and say things that you would never have thought possible to feed and enable their addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, addiction is very tough on families and close friends of the addict’s but family therapy can only go so far. You need to know how to deal with the addiction on a daily basis.
Take Care of Yourself
Practicing good self care is vital to dealing with addiction. Most people with an addiction are hard on you physically, emotionally, and mentally. You need to make sure that you get the things that you need in order to stay happy and healthy.
Try not to Argue when they are High
If you know that they are high, try not to argue with them. Many addicts suffer from mental health issues, these issues may become worse when they are using. These issues come out during times of high emotion. Arguing with them about drug use or anything else while they are under the influence is pointless and futile.
Find a Support Network
It is important for your health that you have a solid support network. If your family and friends cannot or will not act as one, there are support groups and 12 step programs you can join. A support network can help you work through the issues that come about when you are close to an addict.
Don’t let their Addiction Rule your Life
One of the things that you need to remember is that you cannot let their addiction and their problems run your life. You are the only person, you have control over. Their addiction is not your problem. You need to get out on your own and live your life. Living for another person especially an addict is not healthy for you.
Restrict Access to your Bank Accounts and Money
One of the things that you have to watch when you are living or dealing with an addict is your bank account. When someone is high or in withdrawal they will do almost anything to get the drugs that they want. This includes stealing from you and lying about it. You need to restrict their access to your money whenever possible.
Many addicts become violent when they are high or cannot get the drugs that they want. If you think that the addict in your life might become violent, get out. Then get them out. Addiction is a disease and sometimes it is a very dangerous one to deal with. Keep your safety in mind when you make the decision to be with someone who is an addict.
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