The business of substance abuse is not easily dismissed when it enters one’s life. Even when active recovery is achieved, there are moments that will come up that remind us of old behavior. You may have eased some of the stress through your efforts to learn about substance abuse whether through social media, research, meetings or some other avenue. Because this disease is a life long struggle, there may be times where one needs to return to those measures that provided help to cope with behavior dealt with during periods of active addiction. It’s difficult to shove aside all the chaos that surfaced throughout the struggle for you as well as the one suffering from the disease. Those in active recovery know full well that it is a life long struggle to be maintained. The same holds true for those of us that dealt with the heartache and stress due to someone we love and care about. There will be times when we need to revisit the tools that helped us with the struggle so that we can once again find trust in the user and peace in our own lives. It may be returning to a meeting to vent suspicions or as simple as reading an article that helped in your understanding of substance abuse. In some ways the idea of recharging your batteries goes hand in hand with avoiding the rabbit holes.
Behavioral issues are normally associated with children but I’ve seen in many cases with families discussing family members dealing with active addiction the problems continue into adulthood. Drugs to help depression, attention deficit, bipolar disorder and a host of other mental issues seem to be part of the path to sobriety. Attacking the drug of choice seems only part of approach. It’s no wonder substance abuse is a life long struggle, knowing all the elements involved. Regaining sobriety involves healing of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual parts of the body. I believe understanding the struggle for those suffering substance abuse will increase the chances of success for both the user and those of us trying to grasp our part in the healing process. Our part in the successful continued sobriety of the family member, or someone we care about is to monitor our feelings and if we seem doubtful at times to make an effort ensure ourselves these feelings will pass.