Addiction is insidious in how it creeps into a family. One family member may experiment with drugs, develop a dependency and fall into addiction before the rest of the family realizes that a serious problem has invaded their lives. The effects can be devastating. Family support is so helpful at times like this.
People tend to try out many drugs before they abuse a drug as potent as LSD. Once someone uses a drug with the power to alter reality like LSD does,the challenges usually escalate quickly. Even one use may cause permanent mental trauma or brain damage.
If abuse of LSD or other hallucinogen is occurring, it’s wise to confront the situation immediately before irreversible harm is caused – to the drug abuser or others. The effects of drugs like LSD can distort perspectives so dramatically that the user may not think or behave in a normal manner; there’s really no telling who might come out on the other end of hallucinogen use.1
Protective measures should be taken to keep one’s family safe from any of the possible consequences of LSD use. Practically speaking, what can be done to prevent drug use from permeating the family?
Safeguarding Your Family from LSD’s Destruction
Oftentimes, past or current family interactions and experiences contribute to a person’s decision-making process concerning the user of drugs. This is not to say that families are necessarily to blame for someone’s addiction. However, family members should attempt to be conscious of and sensitive to those issues that can go a long way toward hurting or healing personal feelings and self-concepts.
Families may actually serve to encourage drug abuse if they:
- Leave young family members alone for long periods of time.
- Don’t provide young family members with personal affirmation.
- Abuse family members (even if such instances are infrequent).
- Assign overwhelming or underappreciated dutiesinvolving the care of oneself, siblings or others.
- Frequently use verbal slights, insults or teasing.
Recalling these issues and apologizing for offenses can serve to unite families and help them fight anyrevealed addictions together. Without this transparency, humility and love, it is very difficult for families to understand, appreciate or serve one another wholeheartedly.2
Embarking on the Road to Recovery Together
Upon confronting the drug user about her destructive habit – preferably through a professionally led intervention – the family must be prepared to stand strong regardless of how the addict reacts. If she denies having a drug issue and refuses to have her condition evaluated and accept appropriate treatment, her loved ones may feel as though they are turning their backs on her. In actuality, they are actually showing genuine love and concern – for her and the rest of the family – by severing all contact with her until she agrees to get help from a highly reputable addiction treatment center.
Addiction typically won’t just go away by itself or be eradicated through the efforts of the one who is addicted. It takes a team, including those who love that individual most – her family.
By remaining adamant that she makes the best choice for herself, family members show that they have her best interests in mind. If she agrees to enter rehab, then family support will be instrumental in her addiction recovery. Visiting her during rehab and joining her in family therapy should provide an extra boost of confidence and hope when she doesn’t think she’ll ever be rid ofher dependency for drugs.3
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1“Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders”, Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/substanceuse.pdf .
2“Impact of Substance Abuse on Families”, National Center for Biotechnology Information, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64258/ .
3 “What to Do if Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-your-adult-friend-or-loved-one-has-problem-drugs , (January 2016).