It's great that you are supporting someone to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drugs. Being in the same house 24/7 can make that harder to release tension, and can make the situation feel more intense.
Try these things to help your household stay well:
You are not alone. Many New Zealand families speak about feeling lonely, worried and emotionally exhausted when supporting someone through alcohol and other drug issues.
Identify people that can support you and talk with you about what you’re experiencing. You can call, message, or video call them even if you can’t visit them.
Check out these videos to hear how other New Zealand families got through this time.
During this time you will be in the same house and will have less time apart than before the lockdown started. Try agreeing on expectations and boundaries, and setting a time to hear how everyone is going.
Think about these things:
You can help people in your household stay healthy and live well together by having a plan for how things will work. It doesn’t have to be perfect, we’re human and we’re learning how to stay at home in lockdown. Keeping talking to each other in a household helps issues get dealt with earlier before they explode.
You might like to talk about these things as a household, or as the adults in the household:
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