All sorts of addictions are bad; you just may not realize it yet. Slowly creeping its way through, a habit becomes a desire, and a desire then takes the form of an obsession. Something of this nature can do nothing but damage. What is worse is that the damage is not of a limited, isolated form; from your own life the detriments of your addiction are experienced by those around you. Whether they are your family, your co-workers, or even acquaintances; slowly, but most certainly, your addictive compulsion will have a harmful impact on everyone around you.
Addicts are just not meant for relationships. This is for many reasons, but mainly because they become too much of a burden to carry. Not everyone can afford to live with an addict. Because the addict is unable to hang onto a job, the cost of running the household has to be met by the sober residents. This can put family bonds under serious strain, for they are the ones paying the price for the addict’s detrimental obsession. Apart from this, the family members, especially the spouse or partner, go through a roller-coaster of emotions when dealing with an addict. The constant highs and lows in an addict’s mood can become too much to handle. There is also a constant danger of violent behavior which further threatens the addict’s relations with others.
Without sounding too judgmental, it can be said that addicts are an embarrassment. Their constant reckless behavior is not only shameful but also laden with regret. One can only cover someone’s flaws to an extent, but the flaws of an addict are just too apparent to be hidden. If the addict refuses to come out of their state of denial, it is only a matter of time that everyone close to him will want to stay as much away as possible. A relationship can only endure so much, and living with an addict, who does not want to get help, is just not worth it.
Nevertheless, it is important that you realize how you can do your bit to help an addict overcome his addiction. The first and foremost step towards recovery is also the most difficult; make the addict realize that they have a problem. Only then can an addict be willing to go through the difficult process of rehabilitation. Also, give the addict a reality check and make them take responsibility for their actions. It is important that you have access to professional assistance, therefore, get help from rehabilitation institutes in order to help the addict make progress in their recovery process. Lastly, always be there to support the addict and help them stay determined regarding their rehabilitation. Stay with them, no matter what.
A person should be loved for who they are, not for what they have (unfortunately) become. Hopefully, this article will help you get close to those loved ones who have fallen prey to some sort of worldly addiction