Do you have someone in your family that is addicted to drugs or alcohol? Has this person became the outcast of the family, the one who everyone is talking about?
“Oh if that Johnny would straighten up, he sure is a disgraces to his family”
“Did you hear about Sue’s, Johnny? He got busted for crack the other day. I cannot believe that nice young boy became a druggie”
Often those talking do not realize there is more to the story. People do not become addicted to drugs and alcohol for the hell of it. They become addicted because it is a way for them to deal with life. I am sure you know how scary life is, well those addicted have harder times dealing with stress, and what better way to kill the stress then drowning yourself in something that will make you feel better.
Having someone in the family addicted does not make them a bad person, it makes them a person that needs your tough love, that needs YOU to stand up and hold their hand so they can seek help. We often turn our heads the other way, but we need to look the one we love in the face and let them know, that no matter what we are here… it is called unconditional love.
Sure we may not like the road of destruction that is being caused, but it will not stop unless we show the one causing it that we are there and they are not a disgrace to the family name. If you know a loved one needing help you can look into getting them the help they need. You can Google treatment centers in your area.
You just have to remember an addict will not recover over night, it will be a rest of their life battle. Just be there for them and never give up.