Away from their families and long standing networks of school, university, work, sports and church friends; and facing traveling, work, school and domestic pressures; it is not surprising that expatriate families are vulnerable to addictions. One person may be the breadwinner, who has to prove to bosses in distant countries that they are worthy of their promotions and stay up all hours in the office, on conference calls, in business dinners and on airplanes.
The spouse may have to give up their job and suffer an identity crisis. Having to spend endless frustrating hours dealing with trivial domestic issues in a strange country and trying in vain to establish a social network that may be less than authentic and down-to-earth – and more interested in what you have than who you are. As business travel forces expat couples to spend time apart, the intimacy may wane and they become distant, indifferent and lonely or resentful and suspicious. With anxiety and stress building and alcohol, cigarettes, paid sex, benzos and other drugs in abundance, it is not surprising that the expat life can lead to addictions.
At Promises healthcare we understand the pressures that face families coming into a foreign land. We offer counseling for individuals who are struggling with addictions and provide help for families as well. We promise strict confidentiality over all our clients. Help is not far away. Consider approaching an addictions counselor today. Please contact our clinic if you have any inquiries or if you wish to have a consultation.
One of the most baffling and frustrating thing about addiction is that, once it takes hold, almost nothing a person or their families do can help them stop. Many clients have, over the years, tried everything to stop their compulsive and destructive behavior. They are often ingenious, resourceful and creative people. They have come up with and tried all kinds of brilliant ideas. Usually they are focused and committed people, with considerable resilience, energy and will power. They have applied all these things – and more – to their triggers, cravings, urges and impulsive actions – but to no avail. Often they have loved ones who are devoted to them and close friends willing to support them through thick and thin – but none of them can seem to help. Some clients still have responsible jobs, charitable responsibilities, families, finances and health – but the thought of losing all these things does not help them stop.
But there is hope! A combination of professional substance addiction treatment and support groups have provided many people with the lifeline they need. Admitting to another human being that there is a problem and that nothing seems to work, is the first step on the ladder to living in recovery. Is it now time to mount that first rung? At Promises Healthcare we are committed to helping you on a journey to recovery. To discover a life away for the addiction and to find renewed hope. Please contact our clinic if you have any inquiries or if you wish to have a consultation.