I noticed that the majority of supporters that are taking the initiative to get help (going to Al-Anon meetings, using a therapist, etc.) are over the age of 40.
According to addictions specialists and my secondary research, addiction develops during adolescence, which means the number of supporters in their adolescence is great, but they are receiving little to no help.
Therefore, my design focus is targeted towards (but not limited to) the younger demographic ranging between 18 and mid 30s.
I’ve been putting myself aside to save hopefully somebody else’s life and now that I’ve come to terms that I can’t, I have to move on with my life and that means changing a lot
Khloé Kardashian perfectly puts into words how most supporters feel when they finally realize it is time to take care of themselves. One of the hardest parts of being a supporter:
"I’ve been putting myself aside to save hopefully somebody else’s life and now that I’ve come to terms that I can’t, I have to move on with my life and that means changing a lot,” Khloé Kardashian said.
There may be a new way to identify and, in turn, control our negative emotions that occur throughout our bodies. Could this relate to the negative emotions that arise when caring for someone with a drug or alcohol addiction? What if we, as supporters, could take a step back and consciously lessen our negative emotions when coping with addiction?