Have you become aware of your drug addiction recently? This sudden realization may scare you, but it’s an important first step in recovery.
If you’ve researched the different treatment options, you’ll know that a good support system is necessary. Since you may have to cut off friendships with people who use drugs, having your family’s support is more important than ever.
But admitting you have a problem to your family can be hard. While every family is different there are some important steps you can take to tell your family about your addiction.
Do you want to know more? Keep reading to learn how to tell someone you have a problem.
Just Say It
“I’m struggling with drug addiction.” Those 5 little words can be the hardest to say. If you’re nervous about telling your family, you might decide to wait and push it off as long as possible.
However, drug addiction is a slippery slope, where you could worsen every day. You’ll want to approach them in a quiet private place as soon as possible. Take a deep breath, count to three, and just say it: “I’m struggling with drug addiction.”
Remember, drug addiction is very hard to hide. Your family likely already knows that you’re struggling. So, saying it may bring them a sigh of relief that you’ve overcome the first obstacle – admitting you have a problem.
Be Open and Honest
Just because your family may already suspect you have a problem, doesn’t mean they’ll know the ins and outs of addiction.
This is your chance to tell them your side of the story. Explain what you think leads to your addiction and how you’ve struggled. There is still a common misconception that drug addiction is a choice. Here’s your chance to explain that it’s a disease which has affected your brain.
While it’s true that drugs rewire your brain, you should still apologize to your family for any wrongdoings. It’s important that you take responsibility for your actions, and repair any strains in your relationship. You’ll need their support to help you recover.
Share Your Plan
Once you’ve taken responsibility for your past actions, it’s time to take responsibility for your future.
Admitting you have a problem is a huge step and sharing your plan for recovery helps to build on that. It shows your family that you plan to do something, and you won’t let addiction control you anymore.
Make sure you tell your family how counseling works or what rehab will be like so everyone is on the same page.
Remember, they love you and they want to see you get better. Don’t be afraid to ask for support while you go through treatment or for a place to stay once you get home from rehab to help keep you on the right track.
Admitting You Have a Problem to Family
Admitting you have a problem is a scary, but vital, first step to recovery. You might be unsure of how your family will react, but it’s important to tell them and get help as soon as possible.
When deciding how to tell someone about your addiction, be sure to say it sooner rather than later, be open and honest about your struggle, and share your plan for recovery.
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