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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.
“It was a blessing that Sanford House came into my life when it did. I came to them sad, ashamed, and afraid. I didn't realize how much help there was for me in the world. I thought I was alone. The women of Sanford House guided me through recovery in an environment that was loving and supportive. Through education and self-discovery I learned how to manage my life without having to numb my emotions. I will forever credit the Sanford House staff with my ability to rise above my addiction. My present life is one of hope and happiness; I wouldn't trade it for anything.”
- EmileeMore Success Stories