Everyone always talks a lot about self-improvement and the steps that they’re going to take to better themselves. However, when it comes to actually taking action, it can be easy to talk yourself out of making real changes. This can be especially true for individuals who have an alcohol addiction and might need to attend alcohol rehab. Human creativity can find unlimited ways to avoid the uncomfortable.
So, you have a family member with an addiction problem, but you don’t know how to help them? Especially now, self-isolation and physical distancing is causing tensions to run high among family members who live together. This makes it even more difficult than usual to start a constructive conversation about a family member’s addiction.
This article will teach you effective ways of communicating constructively to help your loved one make progress towards recovery. The Five Stages of Change is a useful psychological model which describes the stages that people go through from unacknowledged addiction to stable recovery. Understanding the Five Stages of Change will help you recognize the current stage in which your loved one is, allowing you to help them in the ways that are most effective for that particular stage.
Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Paul Dilworth is a Toronto-based social worker with a private practice focusing on addiction. He has been in recovery for 26 years. If most therapists were asked, they would probably say that one third of their clients struggle with substance abuse or their client’s partner has a substance use disorder. … Read more
Alumni Interview by EHN Staff In this blog post series, EHN alumni share their experience, strength, and hope for the holiday season. Before recovery, Tristan’s holidays were forgettable for him, and painful for his family. He remembers one particular Christmas around 2005, when he was full into the grips of alcohol addiction. He spent the … Read more
Alumni Interview by EHN Staff In this blog post series, EHN alumni share their experience, strength, and hope for the holiday season. What were the winter holidays like for you prior to recovery? I used to stock up on Christmas booze only having to restock it as my consumption increased. I was a firefighter and … Read more