Each family is different, but they all share a common bond that can be used for support during difficult times.
There is no single solution to help a loved one addicted to drugs or alcohol, but research has shown many ways families can support a loved one.
Family therapy and counseling can help the whole family, so it’s important to talk about using these services. There is evidence that certain people are more susceptible to developing mental or substance abuse disorders than others. This can be due to their genetic predisposition. Family therapy and counseling can benefit the whole family, so it is essential to discuss the possibility of family therapy or support groups openly.
Remember that caring for someone with a substance abuse disorder or mental illness can present unique challenges. Therefore, caregivers should also take care of their health.
Family members might be more likely than others to notice changes in their loved one’s mood or behavior. In addition, family members can support those who are in recovery by connecting them with resources and treatment.
Video and Audio Resources
The Family Drama spots encourage families to talk directly with their loved ones about concerns with possible substance use.
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Can We Talk?
The “Can We Talk?” spots show how to start a conversation about mental illness with your loved one using three simple words: “Can we talk?”
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Family Support Guide
Are you concerned that a loved one may suffer from a substance use disorder sud or a mental disorder? These are some tips to help you support your family member.
Starting a conversation with someone you love about substance abuse or mental illness can be difficult. These conversation starters can help you get started if you aren’t sure how to approach the topic.
Useful Resources for families
Not only are those with substance abuse disorders or mental health problems in need of help, but so is everyone else. These resources can be beneficial to their families.
SAMHSA offers an anonymous search engine to help those suffering from substance abuse disorder. SAMHSA also allows you to call the suicide hotline for immediate assistance. In addition, this site provides information about current developments in the United States regarding substance abuse laws and regulations.
The NCADD educates the public about substance abuse and supports community initiatives to combat the disorder. In addition, NCADD can offer resources to individuals in need at a national level through a strong network of helpful supporters.
Suppose you are a friend or family member of someone with a substance abuse disorder. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed about your experience. Nar Anon is a group of people with similar experiences of being affected by a loved one’s drug addiction.
Nar-Anon holds meetings and online support groups across the country as well as internationally. You will find helpful resources and volunteer opportunities to help you deal with difficult situations.
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association was established to promote mental well-being in America. Unfortunately, many people who become addicted to substances also have mental health issues. APA works to end mental health stigmatization and provides insight into psychiatric care and mental health conditions. Individuals and their families can also access resources to help them develop coping strategies and treatment plans or seek help.
Keep your hope alive and seek help
Although the road to recovery can be complex, individuals with SUD and their loved ones can remain positive and seek the support they need. These resources will help you believe in yourself and persevere through difficult times.
There are many treatment options available for alcohol and substance abuse. Programs are usually determined by the type of substance that was used.
It is essential to have long-term follow-up management or medically assisted treatment. Long-term treatment for substance abuse includes formalized group meetings, support groups, and continued medical supervision. Psychotherapy can also be recommended for individual and family problems. Hathaway Recovery can help you live a drug-free lifestyle.