Addiction is an illness that doesn’t just have a huge impact on the individual but everyone who is close to that person will be affected whether immediate relatives, friends or colleagues.
We interact with many people who are affected by someone else’s addiction who often say they are at their ‘wits end’ and are so distraught because of the stress and strain of bearing the impact of the individual’s behaviour – often they don’t know how to be around the individual or what to do for the best. Naturally, loved ones may feel they want to help the person so give in to what the person asks from them, be it a roof over their head or money for example.
If you have a loved one who is in active addiction and feel stuck or need advice on how to behave around the person, our pack called Addiction Information for Loved Ones may be a helpful resource and can be downloaded by clicking the link below. It includes useful information about dealing with addiction in the family as well as details of other charities offering advice and support for friends and relatives.