How To Support Yourself When Supporting Someone With An Addiction

An addiction is a very serious problem both for the individual and those who offer their support in getting through it. While the problem is clearly centered on the individual, those who offer help and support are deeply affected as well. If you are one of the support members, it can get overwhelming for you to provide that assistance. This is especially true if you are the only one who is providing that critical support.

You need to take time away from the person and spend it on yourself. It may sound selfish on your part but it is very necessary to keep your sanity. You need time to recover from the continual pounding of crying eyes, angry vents, pleas for help, or whatever individual service that you provide. Taking time for yourself helps you recover some of the emotional energy that you need to continue in that supporting role. A breather is necessary to keep from becoming overwhelmed.

Take some time for fun. The addiction, facing the doctors, appointments, and last minute calls for help or advice are very serious issues to deal with. Scheduling in some fun time is necessary for your mental health and your physical health. Having fun is okay. It does not demean or detract from the addiction itself. You need fun as much as a kid needs to play. Don’t let yourself become so swept up in the person’s problems that you can’t enjoy yourself.

One person’s addiction problems can easily overwhelm you if you don’t let yourself take a break. Escaping once in a while is a necessity not an act of selfishness. You need that time alone. Not only will it help you provide better support for the person, it will help you keep your sanity during the long exhaustive process of recovery.

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