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Loved Ones

Addiction can be extremely isolating. You may not want to fully admit to having an addiction or vocalizing it to others may still be hard. However, there are no better people to ask for help than those who love and support you. Chances are they want you to come to them or are waiting for you to come to them. Here are a few tips for approaching the subject with your loved ones.  

Be Honest

Help your family or friends understand exactly how you are feeling and what you are going through. There is a really good chance that they may not understand the extent of your addiction or what you are going through internally. Addiction can be a powerful thing and it often brings out lies, deceit, and desperate actions. Be open and honest about your past actions that may have affected others. 

Ask for Support

Explain to your family or friends exactly what you need from them. Whether you just need emotional support or help researching treatment options, tell them. If they have never experienced addiction themselves, they may not have a clue about what you really need from them. Being clear and open helps everyone in the situation. Also make sure to take the time to explain to them how much their support means to you and how much you appreciate them being willing to support and love you as you journey through recovery. 

Don’t Be Ashamed

Acknowledging your struggles is a huge step. There is no shame in asking for help. On the contrary, it takes great bravery to tell others about what you are going through. Being open about your struggles is a scary, hard thing to do. Be proud of yourself for taking the steps needed for change. If you are committed to changes, your loved ones will understand and support you. 

Approaching your loved ones about your addiction struggles can be a scary and hard thing to do. It takes so much courage to be open and honest with those you care about most. Being honest, open, and direct is a good place to start. Making sure they understand what you need from them and that you appreciate their support is also key. Here at The Guest House we are ready to help you through your recovery journey and will be there for you each step of the way. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you at (855) 483-7800.