- Posted by Austin Swim
- On March 1, 2016
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Addiction is a deeply personal battle that many people have to face in their lives. There are many different parts of this battle that will challenge you to your very core. However, one of the most stressful parts of this fight involves having to tell the people you love about this mental battle that you are going through. It may feel shameful and hard to come out to your family about your struggle with addiction. After all, nobody wants to put a great deal of stress on the people that they care about. However, this is an incredibly important step, as these are most likely the people who would do anything for you, and will be an important element of support for recovery. Here’s some advice on coming to your family about addiction…
Know that you need their help
Part of the fight against addiction entails admitting that this is a battle that you can’t face, alone. We all need people to lean on, especially in such trying times as recovery and treatment. This is something that is incredibly important to remember, when telling your family about your addiction. Also stress the importance to them of how much you need their help. By acknowledging that you’re not in this fight, by yourself, you can begin to put together the foundation that you will need to complete your journey towards a complete recovery.
Complete honesty is best
Don’t beat around the bush or tell half-truths when telling your family about addiction. This is likely to just leave them confused about your entire situation. It is much better to just lay everything out on the table, so that they can begin to process what exactly it is that you are going through. While you don’t need to give them gruesome details of substance abuse, tell them about your experience, and tell them how you are feeling and the trials that you are facing. Make it clear to them, exactly what kind of help you need from them. Another important part of honesty is being able to honestly listen to them, and acknowledge how they feel about this situation.
Tell one family member first
One of the hardest things about telling telling all of the people you love about your addiction is the challenge of telling everyone at once. This feels like such an enormous step to take in this process, that it can feel almost overwhelming. This is why it can be very helpful to take a smaller step in your journey, first. Find one person in your family that you can trust with anything, and try telling that person, first. This person can be an important level of support, when coming out to the rest of your loved ones, since they will already be familiar with your situation.