We care, for the better.
A place for families, because you don't have to use drugs to be affected by them.
- How do I know if they're using drugs?
- Why do they use drugs/alcohol?
- Is it my fault?
- How can I cope with their behaviour?
- Understanding the stages of addiction and recovery
- Where do I get the help I need?
- Getting support for your loved one
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What should I do?
Many people - and especially parents - blame themselves for a family member's drug or alcohol use
Is it my fault?
Many family members, and especially parents, ask themselves if something they have done has caused drug/alcohol use, and commonly experience guilt. Many regret past actions or reactions. However it is vital to remember that the user is responsible for the choices they make and for their behaviour, including whether they use drugs and alcohol. Only users themselves can make the choice to use drugs, and only they can decide to stop.
In the same way, families and friends of users are responsible for their own choices and behaviour too, which can in turn have influence on the user. Behaviour can be:
- Inadvertently unhelpful, such as giving a user money which is spent on drugs or alcohol. This is called enabling.
- Helpful and supportive, such as offering love and encouragement when a user is trying to stop or enter treatment.
For further explanation of what you and the user are going through and how to deal with it, see our section how can I cope with their behaviour?
Many services offering support to families have ‘been there’ themselves and understand the particular issues you are facing; this is how Adfam started out in 1984. Finding a support group may provide practical and emotional support from peers, or you can read other people’s stories - or even tell your own.