Taking Care of You
Maybe you’re feeling angry, anxious, exhausted or scared. Maybe you wonder what’s going to happen—and whether everything’s going to be alright. When you’re doing so much to help someone else face an alcohol or drug problem, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself first.
It can help to know as much as possible about the nature of the disease, and by visiting this site, you’ve taken an important step.
It also helps to reach out and connect with people who’ve been through what you’re dealing with. Please consider joining our online community, and use the resources section to find people in your community who are there to share stories, listen and support you.
You Come First
Family members are often so focused on the person and the addiction that they lose sight of themselves.
Whatever road you and your loved ones take, we encourage you to find help, support and healing. And encourage you to first remember to take care of yourself.
You need to forget about changing and controlling your addicted family member and focus instead on your own needs for health and spiritual growth.
If your loved one tries an approach to recovery and it doesn’t work, please know that they can seek additional help or explore other paths. Recovery is a process that begins with the family. Even if your loved one continues to struggle, you should focus on getting yourself well.