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How to Help a Loved One Withdraw from an Addiction

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Addictions of all kinds can be incredibly difficult to overcome. When a loved one is suffering from an addiction, it can greatly affect you as well. Naturally, you don't like to watch them suffer and you're searching for ways to help.


Addictions of all kinds can be incredibly difficult to overcome. When a loved one is suffering from an addiction, it can greatly affect you as well. Naturally, you don't like to watch them suffer and you're searching for ways to help.


The truth is that loved ones are usually best equipped to help because they're loving and trustworthy.


Here is a list of tips to keep in mind when helping someone with addictions:


  1. Help Them Make Wise Choices. Sometimes it's not so easy to make a wise choice for yourself. A pair of eyes on the outside may be just what your loved one needs. Suggest alternatives to their addictive behaviors. Make sure not to belittle or judge them but, instead, listen to what they have to say.


  1. Offer Love and Support. Your loved one needs to know that they'll have love and support even in vulnerable times. Make sure you're there for them no matter what. It can be the difference between getting over the addiction, and suffering from it forever.


  1. Help Them Through Cravings. Your loved one will endure many cravings, especially when they first withdraw from their addictive behavior. You have to be there in order to keep them from the addictive behavior at all costs. Make suggestions for alternative things that they can engage in, instead of the addiction.


  1. Get Medical Help. You need to be wise enough to realize that sometimes a medical professional is required to intervene. If these situations arise, have the necessary phone numbers handy in order to get help as quickly as possible.


  1. Form an Intervention. Interventions are great ways of showing your loved one that many people care about him or her and their health. They work because the sufferer realizes that their actions are affecting and being noticed by many people around them. They're then able to stop the denial about the whole situation.


  1. Attend a Meeting. It's likely that there are local meetings about the particular addiction that your loved one is suffering from. These meetings are not just for the sufferer, but also for anyone affected by the addiction. You can attend these meeting as well in order to offer support and gain a better understanding about this affliction.


  1. Understand Withdrawal. It will help you to further educate yourself on what happens when a person hits withdrawal. If they're suffering from a drug addiction, there may be many unsettling physical symptoms that occur as well as psychological ones. You can expect headaches and vomiting just to name a few.


  1. Avoid Boredom and Stress. After withdrawal symptoms have settled down, relapses can occur if the sufferer is bored or stressed. While you may not be able to always physically be there for your loved one, you can equip them with ideas on how to combat boredom or severe stress. Give them a list of specific things they can turn to if they feel their addictions calling.


Remember that it's also important to make time for you. Most people don't realize the large impact that addictions have on the loved ones of the person suffering. It's difficult to watch on the sidelines. Just keep in mind that, with your love and support, they'll be far more likely to overcome addiction and return to normal.

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I have suffered from all of these issues my whole life. Through years of therapy, treatments and soul searching, I have learned to at least accept myself, actually even like myself and overcome my ED. That's why I have decided to become an Artbundance Coach and Practitioner to help others that are trying to recover. I am in no means a medical or trained therapist and will only be offering support with what I have learned through life experiences and training.

My mission with this site is to provide support for people in recovery who have no insurance and cannot afford paid treatment plans. We also provide additional support to those with inpatient, outpatient and individual therapy. Through my postings in forums and on various websites I have heard so many cries for help from people who want to recover but feel helpless because they have no where to get solid advice and support.

The resources available include a variety of information and guidelines for more than just eating disorders. In most cases, there are underlying factors associated with an ED such as depression, OCD, bi-polar to name a few.

This program includes access to an all member forum, blogs, resource directory and articles. I'll be offering worksheets, ebooks, affirmations, and a private forum where your information will not be made public if so desired.

I started out on the internet as just a hobby. It was fun learning to make websites and meeting new people. The more I learned the better it was. As I started joining more social communities I realized how many people suffer from Eating Disorders which was a major part of my life for many years. Talking with these people helped me to discover the purpose of my recovery. I lived through my ED to help others recover which led me to create my newest website Spirited Lady Living at http://www.spirited-lady-living.com. I'd like to share a short bio of my recovery journey to help people realize the serious dangers of an eating disorder. If they or a loved one suffer that recovery is possible if they seek the proper medical care and have a support team in place.

My weight had hit an all time low and my electrolytes were totally out of whack. My feet, ankles and calves started swelling and hurting so much I had to start walking with a cane. I finally decided to see a foot doctor because I was sure it was my feet, total denial of ed. The minute he looked at my feet and ankles he said there was something seriously wrong and sent me to get a blood test. The next day he called me and said that I was lucky to be alive and if I didn't find a doctor right away he would find one for me.

That was my moment of truth, if I didn't do something now, someone else was going to do it for me and I might actually die from this. I went to the dr. and she wanted to hospitalize me immediately but I wouldn't go. So we made a deal, I would come in daily, have my blood checked and an IV at her office if needed for a week. If she didn't see improvement I had to go. Well, of course I made sure it got better. Then it was every other day for 2 months, then 2 times a week, then once a week. She put me through every test you can think of, I had heart, lung, eye, brain, urinary tract, female, bone density, cat scans and whatever else she could throw in.

I ended up having lost an inch and a half in height from osteoporosis, a kidney stone that filled my entire right kidney, I hadn't had a period since about age 20, my lungs had fluid in them and my heart had an irregular beat, no surprise. During this time I ended up hospitalized twice because of my electrolytes, each time for a week. I had to be on oxygen, heart monitors and IV's, no fun. I started therapy and then my insurance insisted I add in a psychiatrist. After 2 years they also insisted I start an out patient support group which led to 2 in patient and 2 Intensive out patient treatments through an ed hospital.

After about 5 years worth of all of this I decided ok, enough is enough, grow up and accept recovery, I'm sick of all of this. So I spent 2 years doing everything I could to make sure I didn't have to go through anymore crap. At 42 I met my husband, we married when I was 43 and the rest is history. I never had any children of my own but I have 2 step children. I never followed through with my dream of being a teacher which is what I wanted since I was a little girl. I didn't date from age 23 until 42 when I met my husband. So, I guess you could say I had a lot of wasted life!

Now, my life’s purpose is to help others recover and enjoy all of the life they have missed. There is so much beyond an eating disorder to experience. Learning to identify and feel these emotions is a major part of recovery.

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