Addiction is challenging not only for the person concerned but also for the loved ones, family members and friends. If someone we care about is using addictive substances, we may feel so many ways: scared, anxious, angry, sad, helpless, lonely. Not only do we see the person we love suffering, but we are often hurt ourselves. It is quite common not to be sure whether to try to force a loved one into treatment or to patiently await their own decision to seek treatment. Sometimes we don't know whether to continue to support the addict or, on the contrary, to let them "hit bottom." It can also be quite difficult to understand what the addict is going through when we have never experienced such addiction ourselves.
At the same time, the treatment period for the addict can also be burdensome to their family members and other dear ones, because it is generally necessary to work on the recovery not only of the addict, but also on the family dynamic and the addict’s relationships with others. It may be necessary to agree upon changes and measures that could make it both easier for the addict to abstain and return to normal life and for the family members and friends to find a healthier approach to the addict’s situation and to their own situation, too.
In the whole complex process of getting well, it is especially important that we do not forget ourselves and know to seek out sources of help and support for ourselves as well.
There is a misconception of some that addiction only concerns those who use an addictive substance. Such a view not only puts undue pressure on the addict and discounts external influences on the problem, it also denies the suffering that the addicted person’s loved ones go through. In technical terminology, the term “codependence” is used to explain the pathological relationship that can arise with an addicted person. This term refers to a situation in which by our own behavior we are having an effect on the addicted
Does the above sound familiar? Do you wonder if a loved one has an addiction problem and would like to know for sure? We are here to help. The most important first step is that you have become aware of a problem and that you would like to help your loved one. Specialists at the NEO Cent
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NEO Centrum offers its clients two avenues for obtaining help: through our Outpatient Clinic (including in-person or online sessions) and through our comprehensive, in-residence treatment programs offered at our resident treatment facilities. The choice depends on the specific needs of the clients, the type of difficulties they face and the intensity of the approach they are able to devote themselves to. We offer services at our residence clinics for Czech-speaking and English-speaking clients.