Lost to Addiction – It’s much more common than We Realize


opioid addictionWhen you have a loved one that is lost to addiction, it can be really devastating. We never want to have to admit that our friends and family members struggle so much with something like an addiction for many reasons. We also never want to be powerless to help them, but all too often, we find that being lost – in one of it’s many forms – is more common than we realize.

So, what does this mean for families of those struggling with an addiction? Is it a license to give up the fight? Should we just let our addicted loved ones do what they do? How do we truly stop addiction from taking our loved ones away from us anyway?

Preventing loved ones from becoming lost to addiction

While it might be hard to do with your loved one that has had an addiction for a good long time already, preventing younger loved ones from becoming lost to addiction can become a significant focus. These are the children and younger siblings of addicts since they have an increased rate of developing addictions later on in life.

You definitely don’t want to give up on your grown addicted loved ones and stop pushing for recovery, but learning to shift your focus and give the younger members of your family a chance to avoid developing an addiction can make a big difference in whether you’re repeating the same cycle in 10 years or not.

Early interventions, such as counseling and therapy, can really make a difference here, as well as education about addictions and the causes of them.

In the meantime – when to accept a loss

Another thing that’s really important to understand is when to accept that a loved one might be lost to addiction. In other words, what’s your cutoff with this? Do you give up when your addicted loved one makes it clear that she has no intention of stopping her habit? Do you quit hoping when you’ve seen how far down she’s fallen?

These are the questions – and answers that only you can give yourself. There really is not right or wrong one here, but knowing where you stand can help you and your emotional well-being during this process.  Also, understanding and accepting when you’re not willing to let your loved one become lost to addiction no matter what can help you stop hurting but stay determined.

When we have loved ones battling an addiction, it’s really hard to watch. Eventually, as loved ones, we begin to feel that our loved one has been lost to addiction in some way, shape or form. Knowing what you can do, as well as how to cope with the potential can make a huge difference in how you live your life, and how you accept the present while changing the future.