When you find yourself, as many of us have, facing a situation in which a close friend or family member is caught in the throes of addiction: engage in self-care. Yes, the first person you need to consider is yourself; after all, you will be of little use to another if you are floundering. Self-care can take many shapes and forms, but in the world of addiction, it often includes a recovery program of individual therapy and/or support groups such as Al Anon, ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), or group therapy.
Many friends and family members of addicts are aware of the benefits of recovery programs for those challenged with substance abuse issues, but are surprised to hear that they, too, will benefit from their own recovery program. When a loved one is affected by addiction, we have to explore how it affects us and how we may be participating in the cycle of addiction. Individual therapy is an effective way to explore our relationship with addiction. Your loved one will likely require the assistance in the form of a personalized recovery program, inclusive of psychotherapy, life skills training, and 12 step programming. You too, may find peace through engaging in a personalized recovery program that fosters self-discovery, promotes acceptance, and enhances your will to make personal changes to positively impact your well-being. Invest in yourself and your personal recovery and nurture your ability to disengage from codependent behaviors. Utilize individual therapy as a tool to encourage healthy boundaries, limit destructive thought patterns and become an example of courage and self-respect. In my experience, this is the most effective way to help those we love when they are affected by addiction.
Please contact me for more information about the process of individual therapy.
Sarah Callow-St. George has extensive experience helping her clients address and work through their trauma. She takes a special interest in working with couples and relationships. Addressing addiction issues and underlying trauma is key to changing the way we interact and connect with others.