Acceptance of illness


Many family caregivers refuse to accept the reality of the condition of a person for whom they care…

However, caregivers who can accept the course this person’s illness, learn to contend with its many challenges and then enjoy the time they still have left with one another are better able to cope with the future.


How can you achieve this level of flexibility and adaptation?

Positive thinking can be negative!
Positivity which is not based on reality is self-delusion, preventing you and the care receiver from taking necessary steps to face the challenges of caregiving.

Negative thinking can be positive!
Similarly, expressing negative emotions, such as sadness and worry, might not always be bad. When you are over-optimistic, then the person you care for could feel prohibited expressing emotions and makes him or her feel more alone. It is better for you to share your negative feelings with the person and consequently draw closer in the condition.

Accepting does not mean despairing!
Despair is defined as the complete absence of hope; however that’s not the typical result of acceptance. When you can reflect upon all the variables of a the drug abuser’s condition, you make decisions based on an awareness of the facts. You could solve day-to-day generating problems. That doesn’t lessen hope for living a life; it increases the real hope to live with highest possible quality.

Accepting can be cherishing!
Being aware of the care receiver’s vulnerability may help you to understand that time is precious. There, you could cherish and help the person.