Helping a Loved-one with Addiction
“Once I thought my innocence was gone, Now I know that happiness goes on that’s where you found me, When you put your arms around me I haven’t been there for the longest time.”– Billy Joel, The Longest Time
When you make a mistake, regardless of how big or small it is, that part of our essence is lost. That innocence and cannot be restored. During this time you feel like you have failed; no longer worthy of the love of your spouse or loved ones. This could not be further from the truth!
It is during the reparative process that you are most ready and in need of love, compassion, and support. This support from loved ones can empower you to move forward in your pursuit of happiness. Knowing that loved ones are willing to take this journey with you, can make a world of difference.
Dealing with Compulsion or Addiction
Speaking to the loved ones, when your friend or family are dealing with an addiction or compulsion; this is the best time for you to show love and compassion. Yet, we understand that this might be the toughest time to demonstrate this love.
It is essential to understand that this kind gesture of loving and not casting judgment can help heal in ways that are beyond measure. It is after this love is displayed when a natural healing process is can be made stronger through familial bonds. Through this healing process, hope begins to grow and flourish!
It is never too late to begin the process of healing or to show compassion; sometimes all it takes is a hug. When you let them know that you are standing by their side throughout the healing process, healing happens quicker.
Not only will this help our spouse or loved ones throughout their healing, but it allows us to begin the healing process as well.