Helping a family member that is homeless is easy. If you have the room in your home you can assist them with shelter, if not you may be able to arrange shelter for them. However, when a family member is drug addicted, doing this for them may present a dilemma. Opening up your home and exposing your family to a loved one that is addicted to drugs, is an option you may not be willing to consider, but there are other ways in which you can provide help for family members.
You must be able to think clearly and rationally. It is easy to get irrational and over-react when you are faced with a crisis. However, you should try to do nothing until your are calm, in order to avoid making decisions based purely on your emotions. Prayer is a great course or help. It provides solace and helps control your emotions. Taking it easy and avoiding harsh words is also a another way to manage the situation. When you allow yourself to flare up and get angry, you start making accusations and using hurtful words that you cannot take back. This is why it is best to take it easy and only speak when you feel that you are calm enough. By telling yourself that it is just for today, you will be able to keep pushing through. Don’t attempt to tackle any issues about tomorrow or the next week, simply focus and getting through today. This will help you to lift your thoughts.
When a loved one is addicted and homeless, you may want to help, but are limited in what you can do. If you want to be proactive, you may contact an organization that assists those that are homeless and on drugs. If there is no such organization in your area, you can try to contact local crisis centers and churches as most of them have programs for the homeless and drug addicted. As a parent the thought of your child being on the street is horrific, but there are many ways in which you can help your child become free of drugs.
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