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Families and Addiction: Why is it important to look after yourself in amongst the whirlwind of addiction?

By the time people find their way to us at South Pacific Private they are usually sick and tired of the cycle of despair that accompanies untreated addictions and mental illness such as depression. 

One of the most challenging aspects of the disease of addiction, mental illness and trauma related conditions, is the powerlessness that friends and family members feel as they watch the problems unfold. Often friends and family members have spent a long time trying to “make” the person they care about address the problems, to get treatment, to change…

The reality is that denial is one of the symptoms of the disease, and minimization of the problems is very common in mental illness and trauma related conditions as well.

By the time people find their way to us at South Pacific hospital they are usually sick and tired of the cycle of despair that accompanies untreated addictions and mental illness such as depression.

Coming to terms with the fact that we cannot “make” someone address these issues is the first step into recovery from these problems.

Click here to better understand what happens in treatment: Frequently Asked Questions

The first step you need to take is to support yourself. Seek support, seek out information, educate yourself and learn how to look after yourself in amongst the whirlwind of addiction.

As you work on your own education and support needs, and focus on your own wellbeing, the strategies about how to best support the person you care about into treatment begin to emerge, and you, your friends and your family all begin to feel more empowered, working together to effect the changes most likely to result in the person with the problem choosing to enter treatment.

Did you know that we host a weekly family education and support group? Click here to find out more.

Call us on 1800 063 332 if you need support or have questions.