Fighting addiction is challenging for everybody concerned, not just the individual with chemical dependency. Jim Sullivan has been that individual, and he shares his story in a recent article for Boston Herald, telling of the depths of his addiction and his recovery. The article was intended as something of a personal thank you to the loved one who helped him through his addiction. Still, the message it sends is one that can help anybody going through similar issues, and has some useful\u2014if indirect\u2014tips for family members of people struggling with addiction. Learn how loved ones can help battle addiction alongside you by reaching out to a substance abuse treatment center in Tennessee. Jim\u2019s Story For four years, Jim spent every penny he earned on \u201cwhite powder.\u201d The powder was cocaine, and he opens by saying that he found it fun \u2026 at first. But it wasn\u2019t long before he realized the drug was controlling him. He\u2019d get the shakes when he stopped taking it and found himself unable to think about anything other than scoring another hit. No matter how shady the dealer or how uncertain the quality of what he was buying, he\u2019d do it in a heartbeat. After hitting up friends of friends and anybody who might know where he could get some cocaine, he ended up with a batch cut with harmful amphetamines. He explains that \u201cmy nose bled, and I felt like my heart might burst through my chest. You know what? I was OK with that. It was better than not being high at all.\u201d It wasn\u2019t long before his life started falling apart. He lost his job, and without savings or a source of income, turned to his friends looking for a loan. But they didn\u2019t give it to him. It wasn\u2019t until afterward that he realized they were trying to help him; at the time, he was too occupied with what he saw as his only two options: stop using or start stealing. His moral code was too firm for the latter and he resolved to get clean. Now, he\u2019s 24 years\u2019 sober, and he attributes his success in part to his father\u2019s support. If you or a loved one struggles from cocaine addiction, reach out to the cocaine addiction treatment center in TN. Jim\u2019s Father\u2019s Role in His Recovery Jim\u2019s dad knew that he had a problem, and when Jim tried to sober up, his dad supported him. He gave him a place to stay, three meals a day, and\u2014possibly most importantly\u2014anything he could to keep Jim\u2019s mind occupied. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t easy,\u201d according to Jim, \u201cbut he made it easier.\u201d Although understated in Jim\u2019s article, his father played a huge role in his recovery. How he handled the situation is commendable: he recognized his son\u2019s desire to get healthy and gave him all of the support he needed despite how painful an experience it must have been for him, too. A bed and regular meals handled the physical requirements, but his understanding of the need for something to keep Jim\u2019s mind busy is something most people wouldn\u2019t think of. Jim may have had additional help\u2014he met his wife-to-be just after getting sober\u2014but his relationship with his dad was instrumental in his recovery. Helping Somebody Through Addiction Recovery, and Being Helped Seeing somebody you know go through addiction is never easy, but staying supportive and helping in any way you can is critical. Jim\u2019s father stepped in when his son expressed a desire to get clean and offered everything he could to help him out. Although not mentioned in the article, you must get support too if somebody you love is struggling with addiction -- it affects everybody. There\u2019s a risk of you taking too much responsibility on your shoulders and becoming stressed or depressed. As Al Anon\u2019s three Cs remind you: you didn\u2019t cause it, you can\u2019t control it, and you can\u2019t cure it. Contact The Ranch to reach out a helping hand toward your loved one. Be helpful, but never feel responsible. If you\u2019re the one struggling with addiction, Jim\u2019s advice is poignant and to the point: \u201cYour situation isn\u2019t mine; I know that. Every hell is personal. But you have people who love you, too. I\u2019m one of them. And while you\u2019re going through your hell, please know there are hands to help pull you through. If you need one, grab it. We won\u2019t let go.\u201d Loved Ones Can Help Battle Addiction by Finding Treatment If your loved one is battling addiction, The Ranch's addiction treatment programs provide a setting away from triggers, peer support groups, and coping skills. You'll find the right program to help your loved one battle addiction alongside professionals. 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