There is a clear boundary between maintaining health and safety and confronting prejudices and assumptions about substance abuse. The user must know that you cannot be abused or manipulated to support his addiction. However, he also must learn more that you are the source of the support he needs, rather than just the source of the behavior he might want from you.
Set consequences, especially for strict restrictions. These limits may be very small, such as not rescheduling a plan to help him. Or, you can determine what is more significant, such as leaving home and creating a different savings account.
There is a difference between being flexible and endangering yourself. If you are in danger because of a drug or alcohol user, seek help and leave the situation. Alcohol and drugs can cause rude and unpredictable behavior, even in those who do not have a history of these actions.
If you help someone to stop alcoholism, you also need to find support for yourself. Caring for or even interacting with someone who has problems with drug or alcohol abuse can be very tiring emotionally, mentally, and physically. Finding a source of support for yourself may be useful, for example through support or counseling groups. A meeting session with a therapist may also be useful, especially if you feel guilty or responsible for the user. In some cases, he may prefer drugs or alcohol than with you. The therapist can help try to overcome this problem.
You must take care of yourself and emotions. Caring for others is an experience that can cause stress and a greater risk of getting sick. Caring for yourself well can be useful as an example for loved ones who abuse drugs/alcohol.
Make sure you get enough sleep. Avoid stimulants at night. Do not use a computer/device and watch TV for several hours before going to bed. Develop regular “routines” for the session before taking a break.
Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and high-fiber complex carbohydrates. Stress can disrupt the body’s immune system, and antioxidants in vegetables and fruit can help the body’s ability to fight disease. Complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, and peas, may cause the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that causes a feeling of relaxation.