HOW TO HELP AN ADDICT
Seeing a loved one struggle with addiction is one of the most difficult things anyone can experience. A lot of people are under the misconception that drug addictions only impact the addict. This could not be farther from the truth. Family members and friends suffer right alongside with them and, quite often, addiction is considered to be a family problem rather than an individual problem.
Having to witness someone battle addiction daily can take a toll on anyone. It can make you feel hopeless. There are ways you can encourage your loved one to seek treatment and show them that you truly do care for them and want more for them.
To begin, it is important that you understand the process of treatment. Battling an addiction is not an instant process. There are several steps an individual has to go through that better their chance of recovering and maintaining sobriety. The process often involves detoxification, which can last days to weeks at a time. This is generally followed by inpatient treatment or outpatient care. Inpatient treatment involves having your loved one check into a rehab facility and remain under supervised care. Inpatient treatment can last weeks or several months, depending on the severity of their addiction.
Outpatient treatment provides counseling and weekly meetings that work to help your loved one stay on the right path toward sobriety. This process usually follows inpatient treatment and can last for several months to years. Patients can continue counseling and group therapy as long as they feel it is necessary.
After you understand what treatment involves, it is important to talk to the addict. Conversations can become heated quickly, so it is important that you refrain from passing judgment or saying anything too harsh. It is important to talk to the individual when they are not under the influence and let them know how you feel about what they are doing. A lot of addicts are often in denial, so they often do not truly understand what you feel about their addiction. They may convince you they will stop so you will stop talking about it. It may be difficult for them to recognize the physical and emotional changes that they are exerting. Keep the conversation warm and open so you can see what is going on and try to influence them to seek help as soon as possible.
Research ahead of time and have a plan in place. Once you try talking to your loved one, they may agree immediately to get help. It is important that you have a treatment plan in mind so you can talk to them about what they can expect. Let them know that you are there to help and support them through the process no matter how difficult it may be.
At Asana Recovery, we help individuals battle their addiction and go on to live a happier and healthier life. If you are battling an addiction, call us at (949) 438-4504 to see how we can help you.