Substance use disorder can affect people from every walk of life without discrimination. Addiction doesn’t care who you are or where you came from, although some experiences and information may put you at higher risk of substance abuse. When you begin abusing substances, it can be easy to believe that you won’t develop an addiction. Recreational use of alcohol and other substances can occur, but it turns into an addiction faster than you may think. Once an addiction takes hold, it can wreak havoc on every aspect of your livelihood and happiness, from your career to your relationships. However, almost anything that can be broken can be repaired again with patience and hard work. Professional rehab services can help you win your life back, and a family therapy program can aid you in mending broken relationships.
Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach specializes in individualized care at an affordable rate. Our facilities are comfortable and well-outfitted with the latest technology and a caring, compassionate staff. When you work with Oceanfront Recovery, you’re giving yourself access to resources that will benefit you for years to come. The coping mechanisms you learn in treatment can help you prevent relapse and remain sober. For more information about our treatment programs, visit us online today or call us at (877) 296-7477.
The Truth About Living with Addiction
When you live with another person, compromise becomes very important. You’ll need to discuss changes you make to your home if the other person lives their objects. You’ll need to be more mindful of your noise levels and your use of common spaces. You may need to work together to find schedules to use things like laundry facilities or showers.
When the person you’re living with is battling addiction, you have even more to worry about. Addiction can affect every member of a household in many ways, including:
- Increased anxiety and stress in the home, especially if the addicted person is actively using
- Anger and embarrassment can feed into resentment from all parties
- Inconsistent schedules and routines
- Financial stress, especially if the person abusing substances, tries to borrow money from others within the home.
- Possible safety risks if the purchase, sale, or consumption of illicit substances occurs in the home.
Sharing a Home with Someone Who Has a Substance Use Disorder
If you live with someone who has a substance use disorder, you may be wondering how best to support your housemate while also taking care of yourself. The most important thing to remember is that you can’t fix someone else’s addiction for them. They are responsible for their actions, and you are responsible for yours. The best you can do is take care of yourself and do what you can to keep the peace in your home.
If you have vulnerable parties in the home, such as children or elderly relatives, prioritize their safety along with your own. It’s also valuable to plan for extreme circumstances such as overdose – it’s good to keep Narcan in the home if you know how to use it. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries, either; this goes for financial boundaries and social ones. It can be good to encourage professional treatment if the individual is open to it.
Find Help at Oceanfront Recovery
At Oceanfront Recovery, we know that every story of addiction recovery is different. We’d love to help you find the next chapter of yours. Sobriety is possible, and professional help can ease the way there. If you believe that a loved one would benefit from a person-first substance use disorder treatment plan, reach out today by calling us at (877) 296-7477.