We Are Here for Your Loved One
You are here because your loved one is in the grips of addiction, you didn’t know where to turn, life seems like it has been spinning out of control. At first, you may not have been aware of what was happening, you didn’t understand the warning signs, the constant hiding, lying, or even stealing. You may have even unknowingly enabled your loved one to continue drug and alcohol use. It’s not your fault and you are not alone.
Things to Look For With Drug and Alcohol Addiction
- Your loved one loses interest in things she used to enjoy.
- She doesn’t want to be with you.
- She neglects or acts out those that she is closest to.
- She hides.
- She lies.
- She lashes out in anger.
- Her appearance begins to change.
- There is a risky behavior that is not normal.
- Her home, work, and other relationships are being replaced with strangers.
- Legal issues and monetary issues start arising.
How You Might Be Enabling an Addict
It is your love for the person with this disease that may have turned you into an enabler. There are many reasons that this happens. We know how hard it is to let go, you are not to blame, this is not your fault no more so than if your loved one had a disease as serious as cancer. Sometimes the only way to get your loved one into treatment is to let go, stop enabling and let them feel the consequences of their actions. Here are some of the ways that you may be enabling your loved one to continue being addicted:
- Lying to cover for your loved one’s behavior. This creates chaos in your life and a false façade to your friends and family. Turning a very bad situation and making it worse.
- You begin neglecting yourself because the needs of the addict are consuming your life.
- You become fearful that your actions could set off the addict. You may fear for your safety, their safety, and keeping things calm becomes an impossible task.
- Your emotions become buried because of the fear being built up within you by enabling your loved one.
- You make up stories for the addict’s destructive and dangerous behavior, creating more entanglements that draw you deeper into the misery of addiction.
- You will start finding yourself almost hating your loved one for the destruction that you feel they are causing around themselves. This hatred will manifest itself in ways that you thought were not possible for you.
Why The Journey Home Is Different
The Journey Home is “For Women, By Women” residential drug and alcohol treatment facility. It is because of this that we treat drug and alcohol addiction in women differently than co-ed facilities. We understand the differences and cater to those differences. We have over 20 years of experience treating women, the differences are not only physiological, but they are also psychological and biological. There are vast differences in recent studies in treatment for men vs women and we have been at the forefront of this research for many years. What we have found over time and studies have confirmed are the following:
- Women are less likely to seek treatment.
- Women become dependent more quickly to drugs and alcohol.
- Women’s bodies metabolize drugs and alcohol more slowly than men, creating a drugged or drunk state for a longer period of time.
- Women suffer greater stigmatization, loss of dignity, and shame around addiction.
- The pressure women feel about their children and family keep them from seeking treatment.
Our village-like tranquil setting creates a warm inviting atmosphere. The community feel allows women to become to allow themselves to open up and be honest with those around them. There are no shame, fear, or obstacles for an empowering recovery to begin. The support, trust, and friendships in the community leads to a strong network of sisterhood. This environment coupled with our “Whole Woman” approach to treatment leads to a healing of the mind, body, and spirit that leads to a life of lasting recovery.
Take Action, Recovery Begins Now
If you have been down the treatment road before with a loved one, you know that getting them into treatment is the best thing that you can do for them. If this is your first time, then you are about to make one on the best decisions for yourself and your loved one you could ever make. That is to get them to realize that it is time to stop the insanity of addiction. This may require an intervention and we can help you arrange one if necessary. If you can get your loved one to pick up the phone and call us they may see the light and surrender the battle that is going on inside them. There is no best time, there is no waiting, we urge you to take action now as with every passing day the chances of overdose or even death greatly increase. We are here to help.
Call today and speak confidentially to one of our Admissions counselors and you will instantly hear and feel the difference the Journey Home can make.