Family members who love someone through the disease of addiction also need hope and healing. You are not alone. We would like to support you as you begin your journey of recovery.
The Importance of Self-Care
Family members of those struggling with addiction don’t often know that taking care of themselves is just as important as taking care of their child/spouse/loved one who is in active addiction and/or early recovery. In fact, it may be more important. Have you ever heard flight attendants say to put on your oxygen mask before putting the mask on a child? The concept is the same, yet it is often hard for family members to put into practice. During the midst of active addiction, family members often put their own needs aside in an attempt to save the life of their loved one. Take care of yourself. Living with or watching someone you love struggle with addiction is exhausting. You also need time to recover.
Below are examples of self-care while your loved one is struggling with addiction and/or recently having entered treatment.
- Find a 12-step meeting and attend weekly
- Call a friend for support
- Ask for help, consider seeing a counselor
- Go to church or another type of spiritual activity
- Try to eat healthy, even if for 1 meal per day
- Find small amounts of time to work exercise into your week
- Read a meditation book daily (Example: Courage to Change, One Day at a Time)
- Take time to pray and connect with your higher power
- Avoid isolation which is so easy to do amid living with addiction
Come; experience the spirit of Cumberland Heights!