How to Help a Loved One Dealing with Addiction

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Whether it is alcohol or drugs, dealing with an addiction is not easy. The person struggling may not know it and those around do not always know what to do. It is normal to feel scared, confused, and annoyed but these feelings won’t help the addict. What can you do to help your loved one beat the problem? How can you help them get over the addiction? Here are a few tips you will find useful.

Express Love and Support

It is highly likely that the addicted person does not fully understand how much you love and value them. It is up to you to let them know. Talk to them expressing your love and support. Tell them that they matter to you and that what they do affects you. Do not wait until they get to the worst state in order to speak up. Start talking to a loved one about the issue as soon as you notice it. 

 

How can you know that one is actually addicted? Look out for signs of addiction. These range from physical changes like bloodshot eyes to behavioral changes like being very secretive. You may directly talk about the drug problem or generally make the person feel loved. Encourage open communication so this person feels free to open up to you about what he or she may be going through.

Avoid Financing the Addiction

Drugs are costly and an addict will definitely be looking for money to fund this. You need to help your loved one cater for his or her basic needs if you are the breadwinner but do not give more money than is necessary. You could help a friend once in a while when they are stuck but do not make paying their bills your personal concern. Enabling an addict does not help them get better. It actually makes them sink deeper. 

 

For instance, paying court fines and fees when one is in court drunk driving is enabling them. This person will know, in the back of his or her mind, that they have someone to clean up their actions. It is okay to let an addict face the consequences of their actions. This may include meeting the financial obligations affected by their habit or generally being punished for their mistakes.

Plan an Intervention

Addiction is an illness that requires medical treatment in order to beat. However, it is unlike other illnesses in that treatment can only be successful if the affected person agrees to the treatment. The first step is to help them identify that they have a problem. You could organize an intervention where family members and professionals talk to the person about the issue. People who are special to the person can easily convince him or her to change due to emotional connections. Professionals will help them understand the issue from a health perspective and help them choose the right treatment option.

Enroll Them in a Rehabilitation Center

Your loved one needs professional help to beat their addiction. You need to help them identify a good rehabilitation center that will help them achieve this. Choose addiction treatment centers that treat the specific addiction your loved one has. The holistic approach to treatment is also important. A good rehabilitation center combines approved medicines with behavioral care to ensure a person is fully changed when they finally finish the course. Convincing an addict that they need professional help may not be easy but the final outcome is worth the effort. You will have a more productive and supportive friend or family member.

Take Care of Yourself and the Addict’s Dependants

Helping a loved one deal with addiction can be draining to everyone around. The person is most likely not willing to admit to the issue and seek help. This resistance can strain relationships. Take care of your emotions and take a break whenever you need. It is advisable to enroll in counseling sessions. This will help you cope with the situation better and be of more help. Dependants like children and siblings of the addict will also need counseling and other forms of emotional support. Ensure that this is provided throughout the period in which the affected person gets help.

 

Bottom Line

It is possible to help a loved one successfully beat addiction. With the above tips, you now know what to do. Start today! Remember that addiction, like all other illnesses, the earlier treatment starts, the better the outcome.

 

Tracie johnson
Author: Tracie johnson

Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. She is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus.

Tracie johnson

Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. She is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus.

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