When addiction becomes a problem in a family, feelings of isolation, being alone or helpless are common. This is so much stress that comes with handling addiction and all the problems that come with it. When this happens step – it is critically important to get some support. You don’t have to do this alone.
Most people need support during times of high stress or living with chronic stress (living with someone with an addiction can result in chronic stress). Sometimes people are afraid to seek support because they’re afraid they’ll appear weak to others. I like to flip this on its head: seeking help is a sign of STRENGTH, not a sign of weakness.
There are many different types and sources of support. Here are a few ideas for how to start getting more support:
- Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are peer support groups for people who have loved ones with addictions. Because Al-Anon is such a large organization they have several meetings across the nation and also have online meetings. You’ll be able to get support from other people who have or currently love someone with an addiction.
- SMART Recovery’s Family and Friends group is also a peer support group, but does not follow the 12-step model used in Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. Although there are only a handful of in-person meetings, there is an online meeting that occurs once/week and there is the possibility to start your own meeting where you live.
- Secular Organizations of Sobriety (SOS) is a non-religious/non-spiritually based support group for people with addictions
- Friends and family.
- Members of your spiritual community.
- Members of a group or hobby that you belong to, or that you would like to belong to.
- Joining a class or group on a topic or hobby that you’re interested in or would like to learn more about.
- Individual or group therapy