Being There For Families

We understand how painful and confusing it can be for families...

James Ekbatani
April 2, 2024

We understand how painful and confusing it can be for families to face substance use disorder. You might be worried how each of your family members has been or will be affected. Or what this means for your family’s future.

There are many ways families are impacted when their loved one is a person with substance use disorder, and members of the family can respond to the situation in several different ways – from wondering if they caused it, thinking they can fix it, or believing that they can control it. Some suffer silently, afraid to voice their concerns because of the STIGMA, or possible abuse or fear of losing their loved
one. Others do their best to manage and mitigate the damage by cleaning up messes that are not theirs to clean up. All of these reactions come from thinking you’re responsible in some way, for your loved one’s addiction, and that you should be able to control it or fix it.

Education is the key. It is important for families to learn about addiction and how it impacts the family and loved ones. Even if your loved one isn’t ready or interested in getting help, learning about and finding support for yourself will help you to cope with substance use disorder. Most communities have support groups designed for family members such as Nar anon – Al anon. These groups provide a
safe place to talk about what you’re experiencing and to learn from others who are facing similar challenges. Online groups, blogs, and books can be very helpful, too.

No matter where you turn for answers and support, the biggest take away is knowing that You Are Not Alone. Millions of families have been where you are and have found a way to reclaim their own health and happiness.

You have already taken the most important step by seeking help. At Lotus Behavioral Health we know from experience that families can and do recover. We are here to help.

There is a Nar anon meeting held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Lotus Behavioral Health. For more information please contact
Michele Guzman 321-204-8010