Being a caregiver is one of the most selfless roles anyone can fulfill. In many cases, it means putting someone else’s needs above your own, sacrificing your time and peace of mind, and finding higher levels of patience and understanding. It can create a sense of purpose, but it can also be very taxing and physically burdensome. The weight may even be extremely emotional, especially if the care involves a terminal condition and if no other person shares the load. Whether the role consists of providing care for a cancer patient or an ill, disabled or elderly person, the demands can drive many caregivers to use and abuse substances to cope.
Just as with anyone who abuses a particular substance, there are extreme risks involved in caregiver substance addiction. The good news is, if you’re a caregiver in need, there are also resources available that can help you and the person(s) you’re caring for.
For more information on resources to help with alcohol and drug addiction go to:
The Recovery Village