Learning that a close family member is struggling with an addiction to pornography can elicit reactions such as shock, heartbreak anger, shame, or any combination of these emotions. If you are a spouse, sibling, parent, or child of an addict, Desert Solace is here to help you understand and review your options.
First, it is a crucial step in your healing to recognize that the addiction is not your fault and you should not turn to self-blame.
Upon learning of the addiction, you will need to make a difficult decision as to whether it’s in your best interest to remain a part of your relative’s life or walk away to protect your own well-being or that of your dependents.
Choosing to stay connected to someone who struggles with addiction is not easy, but you can serve as a significant pillar of support in their recovery if you approach the situation with love and empathy. If your family member is willing, the two of you can discuss the details of their addiction–when the initial exposure occurred, what caused them to realize they had a problem, and how they would like to approach seeking recovery.
If you feel lost or unsure how to express your emotions as a healthy outlet, we suggest looking into joining a support group. Our team at Desert Solace can provide you with further information about spouse and family support groups that offer emotional stability and guidance to help you navigate this difficult time.
Please feel free to contact at 435-817-1351 today to learn more about our addiction recovery program in St. George, Utah, and what your options are in helping your family deal with addiction.