Living with an addict can be a lonely and isolating place. Life can become incredibly unmanageable as one’s focus turns more to worries and concerns over the addicted loved one. If this sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone. Research reveals that one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
Standing by and seeing someone you love destroy themselves from inside out can be exhausting and heartbreaking. That being said, making sense of life with an addict is utterly impossible. Drug and alcohol dependence can consume every aspect of an addict’s life, including friends and family.
To help you deal with all the chaos that having a relationship with an addict entails, you need to keep a positive outlook. Think of his addiction as a very curable disease, and that there’s always hope. Most of all, it’s important that you understand you’re not to blame for the addiction. Don’t wallow in guilt. You’ve managed living with him or her the best way you knew how, and now you are making better choices as better options open up to you.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are rehab facilities that specialize in helping individuals and families who require rehabilitation services to overcome an addiction. Get in touch with these services if you feel you can’t go through your ordeal alone.