Four Steps To Help Your Family Recover From Cocaine Addiction
The ramifications of cocaine addiction go far beyond what the cocaine addict is experiencing. Family, friends and loved ones are also severely affected by the addiction. If you’re one of these people, chances are all you want to do is help. But you don’t know where to start and you feel overwhelmed and sometimes hopeless. Here are four important steps you can take to help you on this journey of helping your family recover from cocaine addiction.
Stage an Intervention
The intervention process is one of the most important things that you can do for your loved one. It’s important to note that certain methods have been proven to be more successful than others. As a family, you must take the time to work through the process before approaching the cocaine addict. Seek out help from a professional interventionist. Their assistance in working with the family and talking about concerns and treatments options is invaluable. They are experts and will make sure that your family is able to deliver a clear and concise message that you will no longer enable and need the addict to seek treatment. Only at that point should you stage an intervention with your loved one.
Continuing Support for the Addict
Once in a rehabilitation program, an addict will need the support of their family more than ever. If they are in an inpatient program, it is important to take the time to visit during family day, to write words of encouragement and to be as actively involved as possible. This will remind them that they have a support system and a family that loves them. If they are in an outpatient program there are other things you can do to support them such as providing transportation to a meeting. If they are a parent they will need help with childcare throughout this process as well. Many outpatient programs encourage family to attend certain meetings, and it is important to show up to those so they know that they are not alone in this struggle.
Take Care of yourself
During this whole process it is easy to forget about taking care of yourself. It is important to seek out your own treatment and identify behavior patterns that may continue to contribute to the addicts’ behavior. It is important for your own mental health to seek out a professional therapist or attend Nar-Anon meetings, which are meetings specifically designed for families and loved ones of narcotic addicts. These types of groups will help guide you through the process of avoiding self-blame and identifying enabling behaviors that can be corrected.
Seek out other information sources
The resources listed here are agencies that are devoted to substance abuse treatment and have resources listed for families going through cocaine addiction. It is important to empower yourself with as much knowledge as possible so you can become an advocate for your loved one.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) lists of various treatment programs for drug addiction including outpatient, inpatient and residential programs throughout the country. findtreatment.samhsa.gov or 1-800-662-HELP.
- The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry maintains information on physicians that treat drug addiction. org
- NIDA’s DrugPubs Research Dissemination Center is a great resource for drug addiction information in various forms such as fact sheets and statistical information on drug abuse and treatment. drugabuse.gov