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How to tell my Family

Being honest about your addiction is very difficult. Telling your family may seem very terrifying. However, being honest about your situation is crucial. It is the first step to living an honest life.

Abusing substances not only puts you at risk, it also puts your relationship with your family at risk.  Your fear is that if  you reveal the truth there may be consequences from your disclosure, but the reality is the people that care about you want and need to know  how best to help their loved one in their time of need.

There can be times when you are not sure if your family will feel that way, and you don’t feel that your family will be supportive of your decision. The reality is that in those situations, it is still best to be truthful. The discussion still needs to happen, and you need to take control of your relationship with your family. Some of your family members, may also recognize that they need help too and may follow your lead. You are not asking them to support you in your addiction, you are requesting that they support you in your recovery, and that is the best case scenario for families that love each other.

  • Create a list of what your addiction has cost you and/or your family
  • Create a list of what your addiction could cost you if you don’t get help ( financially, relationships, career)
  • Do research to understand your addiction ( physical and mental afflictions)
  • Understand what areas of your life have been impacted by your addiction ( physical,emotional social, spiritual)
  • Develop a strategic plan for success that include a team to help you obtain your goals (short term and long term)
  • Understand everything that is involved in treatment ( what you need to do to get there)
  • Understand that obtaining healthy habits and a postive attitude doesn’t happen over night….
  • Tell your family that they can, and will obtain support in this recovery plan as well.
  • Check into Habitude™ with an open mind and motivation for change