HOW DO YOU SPEAK TO SOMEONE WHO SUFFERS FROM DRUG ADDICTION?
What do you do when you find out that your loved one or a very close friend is suffering from drug addiction? Obviously, your initial reaction might be a mixture of anger and sadness, followed by a sense of confusion. After all, this person has probably been by your side during some pretty difficult moments in your life. The last thing you want to do is abandon them in their time of need, right? Keep in mind that, while you might mean well, sometimes too much talking can be more harmful than helpful. Nevertheless, if you feel an obligation to help this friend or loved one overcome their problems and take back control, you may need to bring down the hammer with force. Just be careful not to shatter them emotionally, as drug addicts are already sensitive (and possibly ready to put up a fight). Denial is an unfortunate part of their lives. Here are some statements you should never tell a drug addict.
“You Will Always Be an Addict”
Imagine going to someone for help, and they tell you that you will always be a delinquent. Even though you may have made mistakes, you will be tremendously hurt by this. So, imagine hearing this statement if you are a drug addict. Some people are reckless during childhood and make mistakes that lead them to addiction. On the other hand, some people are able to control the use of their drugs (like painkillers) or successfully quit. Telling an addict they are never going to heal is simply cruel.
“Just Quit Cold Turkey”
Quitting cold turkey is never the best option for hardcore addicts, plain and simple. Drug addicts can take part in a variety of programs to get better, and stopping their poison intake overnight is rarely the best solution, especially for someone who is chemically dependent. Withdrawal can be a painful and life-threatening process that requires rigorous medical attention.
“Just Pull Yourself Together”
Obviously, this statement does not make any sense and should never be spoken to an addict. Still, for some people, the idea of quitting over night might sound easy because they have never had to face serious issues during their lives. Likewise, simply stating “pull yourself together” may be seen as patronizing and callous, so it is best for you to help them “pull themselves together” through kind actions and support. Sometimes actions are louder than words.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction
Drug addiction is a dangerous mental illness that can potentially destroy your social life and your actual life. However, with the right amount of support from your friends and loved ones and a little splash of patience and confidence, you can easily overcome your demons and become healthy again. If you are suffering from a severe form of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction or have a friend or loved one who is coping with one or more of these problems, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the rehabilitation process and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. The time to take back control of your life is now.
If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.