Helping an Addicted Loved One
Helping an addicted loved one is certainly no small task, and it requires a lot of patience and empathy. If your wife has been struggling with addiction you have likely attempted to have a face-to-face conversation in the past. If you have not yet tried to communicate the way you are feeling, we recommend attempting a calm and rational conversation. Of course, if the addiction has progressed and your wife is almost always intoxicated, having a rational conversation might not be a possibility. Keep in mind the fact that addiction is a disease of denial and defensiveness, and you are liable to run into the following roadblocks:
- Your wife may be afraid to admit that she has a problem with drug abuse.
- She might insist that she can stop whenever she wants to, and that her actions are not hurting anyone other than herself.
- She might be afraid of committing to a long-term program of clinical care because of her personal obligations as a wife, mother or homemaker.
- She might be using drug abuse as a way to cope with an underlying emotional problem that she does not feel comfortable talking about.
- She might fear the consequences of admitting that she has a substance abuse disorder, such as her place of employment or friends finding out.
Approach the conversation in a compassionate way, without placing any blame or pointing fingers. Express how her behavior has made you feel and suggest treatment if you feel comfortable doing so. If you are in need of more guidance or support, reach out to Pine Tree Recovery Center today.