The National Public Radio (NPR) covered the story of a woman who lost her son to addiction. Here is an excerpt from her story:
“No matter how many detoxes I put him in, no matter how many mental facilities; I emptied out my 401(k), I sold my jewelry,’ she says. ‘This will never get easier, never’”.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimated that in 2016, nearly 64,000 drug overdose deaths occurred. This is an unfortunate reality for many families who have tried to help their loved one seek treatment but were unsuccessful. If you’ve recently lost a loved one, take the time you need. Take care of yourself and seek the help of a therapist. Understand the following stages of grief:
Stage 1: Denial – To help you survive the loss, you may feel that the world is meaningless and overwhelming. You may wonder how life can go on, and if it will. These feelings are important because they’re helping you pace yourself.
Stage 2: Anger – A necessary part of healing, anger can bring you strength simply shows the extent of your love for that person. You may find yourself questioning everything, including God if you are religious.
Stage 3: Bargaining – You may become ingulfed in questions of “What if…” or “If only…”. This bargaining stage is you trying to negotiate your way out of the hurt you are feeling. You may also experience guilt – this is all normal.
Stage 4: Depression – An appropriate response to loss, feelings of sadness will arise. Things may seem unnatural and you may wonder if life is meant to go on.
Stage 5: Acceptance – You will not feel “ok” about what happened, but you may accept it over time. When this happens, you may try to come to a new reality of how to continue living.
Recovery takes time, and you may go back and forth between different stages of the process. You are not alone. Take the time off work that you can. Speak to a therapist. If you have a loved one with an addiction, take the steps that you can, but recognize that you are not ultimately responsible for their actions. Consider staging an intervention and getting your loved one into a reputable treatment center. Know that you are doing the best that you can.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.