Drug addiction or alcoholism often begins with a schism within the family, or it begins with addiction in the family. In either case, it can be difficult to go to your family and tell them you are considering getting help for your addiction. Here are some tips for making the decision.
Is your family likely to try to talk you out of substance abuse treatment?
If your family believes that religion can save you, or that you don’t need help at all, you’re going to be dreading that conversation. But honestly, should you tell them before you go to rehab? If the family member or friend doesn’t understand why you want to get clean and live a better life, they could try to talk you out of it.
If they try to talk you out of it and your addiction gets the better of you, you might not go through with it. If you think that is a possibility, you might want to wait to tell them until after the fact.
Talking to other addicts
If your family consists of other addicts, talking to them about getting help can be a difficult discussion. If you don’t have control over your housing, it can be very nerve wracking to talk to them about your desire to remove drugs and alcohol from your life. If you want to be able to do this effectively, you need to be firm in your decision. If they rail at you because you want to quit that life, you should just move out and do what you need to do.
If you need to get treatment now and you don’t know how to tell your friends and family, your best bet is to get treatment now and worry about telling them later. You may be able to get your counselor to sit with you while you talk to your family about your sobriety in a controlled environment.
We are able to provide these and other substance abuse treatment modalities. Contact us today for more information.