We often hear from partners, parents, family members and friends who are concerned about someone else’s drinking or drug use.
You may experience a whole range of conflicting emotions:
- Anxiety about the person’s health
- Anger that they won’t seek help
- Exhaustion and frustration
- Fear about the future
You can kickstart the process of change by seeking specialist support counselling yourself.
We can help you to:
- Deepen your understanding of the ways addiction and recovery work
- Create strong support systems that help maintain sobriety or reduced use
- Establish boundaries around acceptable behaviours (all family members)
- Explore, express and resolve any distressing feelings
- Learn self-care and stress-reduction techniques
- Identify and resolve relationship issues
- Develop effective coping strategies
Some people experience a sense of relief, but for others there may be a period of grief and confusion. It is very common for strong emotions to surface during alcohol or drug recovery, for everyone affected.