While the impact of substance use issues can be devastating for the individual, we know that the ripple effects stretch far beyond the individual themselves. This is why many refer to addiction as a family disease. Anger, sadness, frustration, exhaustion and mistrust are common feelings and emotions expressed by friends and family members of someone struggling with substance abuse issues.
Often the question becomes “How do I get this person to stop using drugs/ alcohol?” Unfortunately you will get a myriad of different responses such as “You don’t” or “You need to do an intervention” or “You just need to love them and allow them to recover on their own time.” On the surface these seem like three very different responses. In all forms of family support however, the focus shifts from “How do I fix the person?” to “What can I do for me?”
Self-care is essential for a person affected by someone else’s problematic substance use and understanding and accepting the ‘Three C’s’ is fundamental:
- I didn’t CAUSE it
- I can’t CONTROL it
- I can’t CURE it
More information on the ‘Three C’s’ as well as other information related to Families can be found below. For information on specific family programs and services in Halton click on the Family Programs section of our Find Help page.