by Restorations Therapy Center on Monday, July 27th, 2020
When someone suffers from addiction, they often feel isolated from the world around them. Whether they believe that nobody else could understand their situation, or they simply don’t want others to get too close, the result is the same — a constant feeling of loneliness.
However, regardless of how a person feels, it’s important to know that they are never in it alone, whether they want to be or not. Acknowledging that the people around them are there to help and that going alone isn’t a possibility is the first step to getting the proper help a person needs to tackle their addiction.
Even if someone feels alone, the effects of suffering from an addiction spread to their loved ones, and often affect their professional lives as well. Families are always affected, whether it be through love and worry, through agitation, or through financial burdens they must carry in order to support the person suffering from an addiction.
Addiction affects everyone around them, as even a person’s absence at work has an effect on someone else’s day, such as calling out of work due to intoxication or hangover. There is no addiction that has just a single victim — therefore, understanding that there is no true isolation is an important step.
Family is something that will always be a part of a person’s life in some way, and family is going to be invested in their recovery. Just as nobody seeks to develop an addiction, nobody wishes a detrimental addiction on someone else. Family and loved ones are there to help. While they may harbor many feelings toward the addiction itself, they are often very layered.
They can be both upset and caring or resentful and hopeful, all at the same time. Asking them for help can turn those emotions fully positive, not just for the benefit of the person suffering but for the family member or loved one as a whole. Just because someone may seem upset doesn’t mean there isn’t a deep feeling of love and desire to help as well. Assuming those emotions are gone can make recovery even more difficult than it already is.
There is a reason why group therapy is used in addiction recovery. People are never alone in recovery, and there will always be a way to impact someone else’s life through the process — from admitting that there is a problem to recovering from it on the other side. There is always someone to talk to, and there will always be others affected. It is up to each person to decide how they want to affect those lives and shape how their recovery will look.
At Restorations Therapy, the pain and turmoil around addiction are handled with the level of care and respect that each person deserves. We also offer a range of services aimed at helping to restore the entire family. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. To learn how we can help, call Restorations Therapy today at (720) 446-6585.