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There is a chance you may not realize you have started to struggle with substance use until you are too deep in to quit using on your own. How do you admit that to yourself, let alone communicate to friends and family about your substance use? The idea of disclosing that information may feel overwhelming, but acknowledging it can help you get your life back. 

Talking To Your Friends and Family 

When it comes to conversations, talking to your friends and family about your struggle with substance use may feel like a tough one. This is a normal feeling and should not deter you from discussing this issue with those you are closest to. You should determine a good time to ask your loved ones to sit and have a conversation with you, preferably when the setting feels calm. Let them know that you need to tell them something and that you love and trust them. 

Explain that you have been dealing with an issue that may be getting out of hand and you might need their help to get better. You can find resources to help them understand that what you are enduring is a disease and not a choice. This may be the first person they have experienced who struggles with addiction, so try to be patient with them. 

Be Prepared for Different Reactions 

As much as your friends and family love you, hearing that you are struggling with substance use might invoke mixed reactions from your loved ones. You should be prepared for some of your loved ones to react negatively, and acknowledge that they may need time to process the information. This does not mean that they love you any less. It is an experience that now affects them and they may need time to figure out how they want to handle it. 

Be Ready to Do the Work

Once you let your loved ones know about the issue you are struggling with, you need to be mentally and physically prepared to then do the work that follows. This could mean finding the treatment that works for you, going through detox, stepping away from your everyday life to focus on becoming sober, and mending any relationships that may have been broken along the way. You can prepare yourself for your loved ones to come along for the ride with you and attend meetings together that help keep you in sobriety. This is a way they can show their support. 

Not Everyone Has to Know 

You can write down a list of those close to you that you want to tell about your struggle with substance use. You should never feel pressured to tell anyone that you do not want to, and you can confide in those you do tell and ask that they keep this matter between the two of you. You have the right to your privacy and to seek help the way you see best. When thinking about who you would like to talk to about your struggle with substance use, it is best to consider those that you know will support your sobriety and not try to normalize your alcohol or drug use. 

Be Honest With Loved Ones and Yourself

Taking the steps to be honest with the ones you love can take a lot of courage, and you should feel proud of yourself for that. Beyond that, you should continue to be honest, and talk about why you think you may have developed this struggle with substance use. Your loved ones can potentially help you find a consistent therapist with whom you can discuss these issues and start to make sense of it. Being open and vulnerable about your feelings and past trauma will help you heal and grow into a healthier, sober version of yourself. 

Pursuing Your Goals 

One thing to keep in mind is the reason why you are doing the hard work to become sober. We all have dreams we would love to pursue, and we all have the potential to do so. There may have been a time in your life when you were made to believe you were not good enough or worthy, but you are. You are capable of doing whatever you put your mind to. You are a unique and wonderful individual who happens to have the hurdle of substance use to overcome. 

The good news is that you are not alone in this struggle. There are many people that can relate to this issue, and there are many professionals that want to help you heal from this struggle. If you can be honest and talk to your loved ones about your struggle with addiction, then you can do anything. 

Struggling with substance use can send you into a downward spiral in life. It is something that you can’t handle on your own. You should not be ashamed to disclose your struggles and should feel willing to open up to your friends and family about them. You are more than your addiction, and with the help of loved ones and professionals, you can overcome this hurdle. You have so much to offer to yourself and others in your life, so why not live life to the fullest and pursue a healthy, sober life? Once you talk to your loved ones about your struggle, you must be ready to do the work that follows that conversation. If you’re ready to take that first step toward long-term sobriety, call Lighthouse Recovery Texas today at (214) 396-0259 to find out more about treatment options.