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Taking care of you

By looking after yourself, you will be in a better position to support your loved one

If you are worried about a loved one’s  alcohol or drugs misuse, it can be easy to put all your energy into supporting them, and forget about your own needs.

You cannot force your loved one to change their behaviour or stop them from misusing  alcohol or drugs. They will only stop when they are ready and have made a decision to change.

By looking after yourself, you will be in a better position to support your loved one. This section looks at support for you. You need support too. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Your support network looks at the support you can get from existing networks such as other family members and trusted friends.

Family support groups provide an opportunity to meet others who are also affected by a loved one’s  alcohol or drug misuse.

Setting boundaries can help you protect yourself and the rest of your family by clearly communicating with your loved one what is and isn’t acceptable behavior.

It is important to try and balance your life and manage stress and anxiety and ensure you relax and get some respite.