Loving a drug addict can be very difficult because there are so many emotions that you go through along the way.
Unfortunately, many people often wonder if they are feeling normal emotions when it comes to their loved ones or if they are over or underreacting to the situation.
Most addicts don’t realize the emotional toll their addiction takes on their friends and family. They don’t understand how an addiction can change the people they love.
The guide that follows walks you through a few common emotions people go through when they love someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Feelings of Betrayal
When someone is addicted to drugs, it will cause them to do things that they normally wouldn’t do. They feel such a stronghold on the drugs that they will do just about anything to get them.
This can often lead to feelings of betrayal by friends and family because the addicts often end up stealing money, jewelry, electronics or other things of value at some point during their addiction.
Having someone you love steal from you can cause feelings of betrayal. It often lets you know that the person you once loved is no longer thinking clearly and has a serious issue they need to attack head-on.
If a drug addict has stolen from you, annotate what they stole, when they stole it, and what the items are worth.
This allows you to tell them later in recovery about what was stolen from you so that they can have an opportunity to make amends and make things right with you.
Feelings of Shame
An addict often hurts more than just their close friends and family during their addiction. Many addicts will steal from anyone they can.
This can create a lot of shame in a family because those not addicted to drugs feel as though they have to make up for the damage that their family member causes.
This can end up costing a family a lot of money and ruin relationships along the way. It’s common for families to feel so embarrassed and ashamed of the decisions that their addicted relative makes that they completely shut them out of family functions until they get help.
Feelings of Worry
Loving a drug addict often comes with a lot of worries. You will worry about their safety and wonder if they are alive and healthy or if they are in jail on drug law violations.
Loving an addict means there will be many nights where you will get little to no sleep at all because of how much you worry about them…
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