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Women with substance use disorders have unique biological, psychological and social needs. Assisting them requires getting help and often providing treatment services. There may be multiple issues involved, and a comprehensive rehab program is sometimes needed to address not only the addiction, but areas related to relationships, physical and mental health, work, children and parenting, self-esteem, trauma and more.
Providing alcoholism or drug addiction help for family members and loved ones can be painful but also extremely rewarding when the individual engages in a new life of recovery. Learning about alcoholism, drug dependence, addiction and recovery can be helpful for all involved in supporting a loved one in treatment. Offering your care, love and concern, without preaching, arguing, blaming or making a woman feel guilty are crucial aspects of learning how to give appropriate and healthy support. It is important not to expect the person to stop or cut down use without help as promises without assistance do not work. New coping skills are needed to overcome addiction, and the sooner the addiction is treated, the better.
As loved ones, when we ask, “How do I help an alcoholic?” or “How do I help a drug addict?”, it is important to know the signs to look for and what steps you can take to help set them on the journey of recovery.
If you want to learn more about how to help an alcoholic or drug addict, or if someone you love is struggling with addiction, or if you just want to learn more about the treatment options we offer, contact us today.
“I came to Sanford House scared, upset and hopeless. I was greeted by the most kind, caring and encouraging women I had ever met. Sanford House gives you the tools to recover mind, body and spirit. I left Sanford House with a renewal of hope and excitement for the life of sobriety I have ahead.”
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