If you are living with an addict, then you may have spent years listening to excuses and feeling let down by broken promises. It can be difficult to watch someone you love struggling with addiction while knowing that there is very little you can do to help.
Many addicts will be in denial for a long time regarding their addiction, and some will just not be ready to give up the substance or activity they have come to depend on. Family members will often spend many sleepless nights worrying about what the future holds for their loved one, and the stress can have adverse effects.
Addicts tend to become manipulative as their addiction takes hold. They will often tell loved ones anything that they think they want to hear in order to get themselves out of trouble. It then becomes difficult for family members to trust their addicted loved one or to believe anything these individuals tell them.
It has often been said that an addict must reach rock bottom before he or she accepts help. Rock bottom is referred to as that point at which an individual can go no lower and realises that he or she must get help in order to make a change in their life. If your loved one is ready to make a change and break their cycle of addiction, you may find it hard to believe. However, there are signs to look out for that may indicate this could become a possibility.
Many addicts will have countless excuses ready to explain why they have become addicted. You will no doubt also have heard numerous reasons why he or she cannot get help for their addiction. For years, you may have been listening to them complain about the fact that they would fail if they attempted rehab. Nevertheless, if these excuses stop and your loved one appears to be accepting that rehab could be an option, then it may be the perfect time to encourage him or her to get help.
Breaking the cycle of addiction is difficult. Many addicts will make promises to stop taking a particular drug or drinking alcohol but even if they have good intentions, it can be impossible for them to stop. Nonetheless, when an addict is serious about getting better and breaking the cycle, they will be looking for help in order to make this a reality. If they want to get help, they will know they need to do more than just talk about it.
You may have tried for a long time to get your loved one into rehab without any success. Addicts often go to rehab under duress just to please their loved ones, but many will fail because they are not entirely committed to the programme. They are not prepared to put in the effort required to get sober and will simply go through the motions because they feel they ‘have’ to. However, an addict who is serious about getting better will be eager to enter rehab and will work hard to do everything they can to improve their situation. These individuals will become focused on anything that could enhance their chances of success and will stop assuming that ‘it will not work’.
If you have noticed that a loved one appears to want help, now is the time to get in touch with Rehab Helper. Rehab Helper is a free service for addicts and their families, providing information and advice on how to get the most suitable treatments for all types of addiction. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.