Ask the Expert: “How can I be at peace when my son is suffering in treatment with an addiction” Jane G., Delray Beach, Florida
Cali Estes The Addictions Coach, Answers: “Substance abuse with a loved one can be draining and taxing. The caregiver usually has not had self care or relaxation in months. Doctor’s appointments are missed, eating habits suffer, exercise suffers and your whole life has been put on hold to take care of the addict in the family. Once your loved in safely in drug and alcohol treatment, you need family coaching and a good family recovery coach to tell you that is OK to take some time for yourself. You need a Family Recovery Coach to walk you through the drug and alcohol treatment process and what to expect when your loved one returns home. Here are 3 tips to deal with the stress:
- Breathe. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stop and take a deep breath. Your loved one is safe in treatment and this may be the first time you get a full night of sleep knowing that they are safe in a drug and alcohol facility.
- Take your time. Go to the beach, go to the hair salon, spa, golfing, gym, etc. Find one activity per day that you can do to relax, rejuvenate and renew.
- Find a good Family Recovery Coach. A good Recovery Coach can help you through this time. They can be your cheerleader and your guide. Find one that fits your personality and lifestyle.
Cali Estes is a Family Recovery Coach, Master Addictions Coach and trainer facilitator. You can find her at www.theaddictionscoach or www.theaddictionsacademy.com and you can reach her at 1.800.706.0318