Overcoming Drug Addiction Challenges
Overcoming drug addiction is a challenging journey. But according to:
Psalm 46:10, be still and know that I am God.
With God, miracles happen to those who believe. From 1 Corinthians 1:10,
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
As a family, the journey to overcoming drug addiction should be faced together in unity.
More often than not, families tend to counteract this adversity by succumbing to several roles. Normal family reaction is to surround the addict with a different persona like one member who feels like being the hero, or having another member play the mascot who is often injecting humor in a difficult situation. Some members just behave like a lost child who just simply gives up on everything and withdraws himself from the crowd, or they play a scapegoat who diverts any conversation about the addict’s situation into something else. While most of the time the parents play the caretaker who tries to keep the family in balance, when all the others are assuming their roles.
However, this should not be the case in a journey to overcoming drug addiction. These roles are prone to lead the members to codependency, contrary to the fact that family members need to independently assume responsibilities as they are. When families play roles in the event of counteracting drug addiction, they are not being their natural selves, thus, adding complexity to the situation. It is highly advised that families face the situation together in unity and optimism as they are their natural selves.
Here are several tips for families who are supporting a rehabilitating addict:
- Assist addicts in planning their day-to-day activities in a manner that they prioritize activities that support their journey in overcoming drug addiction.
- Aside from the planned activities, it has to be made sure that the necessary meetings from the rehabilitation center are not missed under any circumstance. They have to help the inflicted family member to create the habit of being responsible for the activities and meetings that support the rehabilitation program.
Their should also be some personal limitations imposed on the rehabilitating addict.
- Family members should not loan money to the addict, instead, they can ask for whatever he needs and provide him these things personally if necessary and applicable.
- Family members should also encourage healthy habits like balanced diet and exercise while pointing out possible damaging behaviors when the addict is about to engage in one.
- Families will also need to change some of their ways in such a manner that these do not, in any way, induce pressure on the addict’s to resist whatever it is that will be damaging to their rehabilitation process.
Finally, families should not try to solve the addict’s problems, instead, they need to support him in ways that will help him solve his own problem. In overcoming drug addiction, it is important to make sure that the addict retains his identity and his good virtues in the process of eliminating the bad ones.