How to Process Feelings of Betrayal

How to Process Feelings of Betrayal

It is normal to feel betrayed because of LSD addiction but coping with your feelings will do more to help your loved one than lashing out

Learning that a loved one suffers from addiction puts you through an array of emotions from shock and sadness to anger and bitterness. It is easy to place blame on the user for his addiction, but if you allow negative emotions to dominate, you will make it harder for your loved one to get help. Everyone experiences feelings of betrayal or bitterness because of addiction, but if you learn to cope with these feelings, you will feel better, and it will help your loved one more. Working through your feelings in a healthy way instead of lashing out at the user will help mend your relationship and maximize the chances that he will get help for addiction.

Confront the Feelings and Take Control

Negative emotions such as jealousy, anger or feeling betrayed creep into your brain when you learn of a loved one’s addiction, and if you entertain these thoughts, they tend to linger. Instead of dwelling on feeling betrayed, realize that what you are experiencing is normal and things will improve. Feelings of betrayal from addiction often come when your sense of reality is changed because you were unaware a loved one was using LSD or other drugs. Finding out someone close to you suffers from addiction can feel like having the rug swept out from under you. While your first instinct may be to berate the addict for the damage his addiction has done, it will not help you feel better, and it will make things harder on your loved one.

You should not confront someone about betrayal in the heat of the moment, but it may be good to discuss with your loved one later. Think about why you feel betrayed, and write a journal entry explaining how you feel right now. Writing about how you feel will help you organize your thoughts for when you want to talk with your loved one later; writing also helps you express yourself and is therapeutic. It is okay to talk with an addict about how his addiction has affected you, but getting angry often drives people away. Talking with a therapist about how you feel may also help you understand your feelings and your loved one’s addiction.

Talking About How Addiction Hurt You

After you have taken some time to calm down and work through your feelings, sit down with the user to discuss his addiction. Ask any questions you have about what he has experienced and his goals regarding recovery, but be sure to keep a positive tone, and do not be combative. Talking about addiction should be an open conversation, not a scare tactic or ploy to coerce an addict into getting help. Tell your loved one that you are there because you care about him and want to see him happy. Mention the changes you have noticed in his behavior and demeanor since he started using LSD. Many users do not realize how much they have changed or that others notice the changes taking place. Talk about how LSD has affected his relationships, and specifically mention how it has affected you. You should be honest about the damage LSD has done, but you shouldnot getangry. Substance abuse is a choice, but once a user is addicted, he is under control of the drugs until he ends the cycle by getting help. The user is responsible for choices he has made, but being understanding and supportive will do more to improve the situation than being confrontational.

After talking with your loved one about how LSD and addiction have affected his life, urge him to seek treatment for addiction immediately. Putting off addiction treatment is like putting off treatment for any other chronic illness, nothing will change—and the condition may worsen—until the user starts treatment. Starting treatment early makes the recovery process easier and more comfortable for the user and saves time and thousands of dollars that feeding addiction costs. You may have to talk to your loved one multiple times before convincing him to consider LSD addiction treatment, but do not give up on him. Talk to him on your own, get others to speak with him and consider staging an intervention if he continues to resist.

Get Your Loved One intoTreatment

Do you have a loved one suffering from addiction but do not know where to find effective rehab? Call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a trained addiction expert who can answer any questions you have about LSD addiction and your treatment options. If you know your loved one’s health insurance policy, we can tell you if it will help cover the cost of addiction treatment. We are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call, so please call now. Let us direct you to a rehab facility where you or your loved one can start receiving the care you need to make a full recovery.