DEALING WITH A FAMILY MEMBER IN WITHDRAWAL FROM DRUGS

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Family is the most important thing in life. When family members are in trouble, we try to do everything that we can for them.  Watching the sufferings of loved ones is hard, but seeing them suffer from an addiction is the worst. You feel helpless and hopeless. It is indeed very difficult to bring someone back to life from addiction, but it is not impossible.

Once you are successful in convincing them to accept help and enter a rehab program, it will be a tough but fruitful journey ahead. Here are some tips to help you deal with your loved one as they are withdrawing from drugs.

Be Supportive, Be Supportive, Be Supportive

First of all, understand that the person who has been a long time addict is not like a normal person. They can’t think clearly, and can become extremely aggressive. A person in this state needs your constant and selfless support. It is the only thing that can bring them back, so be supportive. It may take a toll on you but when it comes to family, it’s worth it. Your patience with a struggling member of your family will pay off one day. Just hang in there.

Seek the Maximum Help

You are going to need help from professionals and friends. Don’t hesitate to be very open about the struggles you are having dealing with it all. Try opening up to someone who has been in a similar position as yours. You’ll be able to learn from their experience. If you still feel that you are struggling and you need professional assistance, you can get more help from ARC.

Be Prepared for The Worst

It’s not going to be an easy journey. You will want to give up, but that’s exactly when you need to remind yourself how much your loved one means to you and how badly they need you in this struggling phase of their life. While all of this can be more than a handful, you can still make it a little better.  Be prepared. Imagine the worst that could happen in this phase and prepare yourself for it.

Pre-Plan Your Reactions

Severe mood swings are inevitable when it comes to withdrawal from drugs.  Plan your reactions to these mood swings. A negative reaction could badly impact your struggling loved one, and in worst-case scenarios, they might give in to the drugs once again. Therefore, it is very important that you pre-calculate your responses and even practice them as if in real-time situations.

Be Vigilant About Your Safety

As mentioned, a struggling person is not thinking clearly.  In some cases, their mind and body are not coordinated, and they end up doing things they would never do if it weren’t for the withdrawal symptoms. They can become aggressive and violent.  Prepare yourself to deal with such situations. Be vigilant about your safety first. You can only take care of them if you are safe from any physical harm.

Get Your Support System in Line

Face it, bringing back your loved one from addiction is never going to be easy. You are going to lose your patience and strength along the way. To gain the strength to get back on your feet every time you think you are about to fall is very important. Whenever you feel like giving up, talk to someone close to you, someone you consider your support system.

Understandably, you want to help your loved ones, but you don’t have to do it alone.

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Andrew Austin
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You can help as much as you feel you can .But the biggest question is you will never get rid of the feelings they have for there problems.Also when and if they relapse hope someone is there ,as lots of people overdose .

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