How to help an addicted friend or relative

Helping someone with an addiction

Do you have a friend or a family member that is struggling with addiction? Is it starting to affect you and the family? Do you feel like all hope is lost?

Addiction tears people’s lives apart. Seeing someone you love in pain is difficult.

Often, suffers from addiction and alcohol abuse suffer from co-occurring issues that drive them to drink and use in the first place.

That’s why treatment is so essential because it addresses these issues and helps your loved rebuild their life.

Expect difficulties

In your mind, it might be difficult for you to understand why someone would choose to drink and using drugs over you.

But there are many reasons why it is difficult to help someone you care about, this can be because…

  • They deny they have a problem
  • Addicts may not wish to change their behaviour
  • They might be scared of the consequences
  • Your loved one might be feeling embarrassed and might find it difficult to discuss their addiction
  • It’s a way of dealing with other problems in life, like mental illnesses and stresses

What you can do

How you act can affect and change the whole scenario. Overreacting can drive someone to drink or use more. The advice is to be understanding and come from a place of emotion, not rationality.

Try and be honest, focus on building trust and respect their privacy and issues.

You mustn’t threaten, criticize or expect change immediately.

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Getting the help you need

Addiction help is available to anyone suffering from alcohol addiction or drug abuse. You can choose to carry out the treatment as an inpatient or an outpatient, through the hospital or privately. Whatever the right decision is for you, we advise that you make it, before it’s too late.

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