Addiction is messy! While it clearly impacts the addicted person, (whether it’s food/sex/alcohol/drugs/gambling/nicotine, etc.) many times the family feels the impact even more. When living with someone’s addiction, it is important to look at ourselves and how we can continue to love and support them without being responsible for their addiction or behaviors. It’s important to remember we didn’t cause the addiction, we can’t control it, and we as family members can’t cure it. That’s hard to hear, but it’s true.
Let’s explore the various ways in which loved ones can help the person with addiction in their life.