A late summer break, with children back at school and beaches emptied, is one of life’s greatest luxuries. As tranquil as a trip to the coast is at this time of year, it’s hard to feel at peace when we carry worries about our loved ones with us.

“I used to dread our holidays. I felt so much pressure to force fun, to hold back from flinching when my husband Richard would open his first of many bottles of wine,” Jane from Highgate tells us, “He’d tell me to relax, but I’d be silently waiting for the trip to end. My feelings about how much he was drinking just didn’t seem like something I could bring up when we were away from home.”

Gerri Creedon, the founder of Regain Recovery, tells us that Jane’s story isn’t an uncommon one. “It’s often much clearer, sooner, to the people around us when alcohol or other substances have become a difficulty. That’s why Regain Recovery partner centres make sure there’s flexibility in their therapeutic programmes to support everyone that surrounds the person coming in for treatment.”

As tough as it is to raise the subject with loved ones, Gerri’s advice is simple, “There’s an old Chinese proverb that says the best time to do good is years ago, but the second-best time is today. I really think that applies to when broaching the topic of recovery – it’s always going to be difficult, but the sooner you both get the support you need the better”

Jane found this to be true. “One evening, watching the sun go down over the Adriatic sea, I decided now was as good a time as any to ask Richard if he thought he might have a dependency on alcohol. We talked for hours after that. I’m really glad we had that conversation while we were on holiday, where the pressures of daily life were so far away from us. We found it so much easier to open up to each other! The distance from work helped us decide on an alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre, which benefitted Richard’s recovery so much.”

If you’d like any advice on how to discuss concerns about yourself or a loved one, call the today on 0333 987 5078.

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