When Someone You Love Relapses

When Someone You Love Relapses

3. Stop Enabling.

Addicts thrive on empty promises. You may want to believe that they can stop using drugs and alcohol on their own. The reality is, it’s very rare for someone to recover without professional support. Unless they are willing to get help, there’s very little you can do. (See “5 Warning Signs Your Teen is Addicted.”)

One Day at a Time

Gather support. Find the angels in your life and reach out to them. Renew your faith, turn to loved ones, and keep striving. You can’t control addiction or predict a relapse, but you can take charge of your own life.

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Written By Sean Grover
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When someone you love relapses, to say that coping with it is tough, is an understatement. It feels like all the effort you had given to make them better was for nothing. The bitter truth is that there comes a point when you need to put yourself first. In order to help yourself, and make sure that this does not consume you, you need to take care of yourself and do certain things that will help you feel better. Hopefully, these pointers will be able to help you move in the right direction.

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Sean Grover LCSW

Sean Grover, LCSW is a psychotherapist, speaker, and author with 25 years of experience. He maintains one of the largest group therapy practices in the U.S. and leads over 300 groups a year in his practice, in addition to monthly workshops in clinics, medical centers, youth organizations, and schools. For more information about Sean, visit www.SeanGrover.comView Author posts