The causes of addiction to drugs or alcohol is very complicated and cannot be related to just one aspect.  There are many facets to it, including psychological as well as physiological. There are genetic predispositions that are hereditary as well as psychological trauma that occurs in someone’s life that can contribute to the addiction.  Many different elements can come together to create the scenario when someone becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs. That is why it is so difficult to help someone fight an addiction. Even addiction specialists and professionals often have a difficult time helping individuals either understand that an addiction exists or to be able to help someone work through the addiction in order to live a somewhat normal life.  However, there are tried and true tactics that should be used when attempting to help a loved one fight an addiction.

The first thing that you should do before beginning the process of helping a loved one fight an addiction is to educate yourself as much as possible about the science behind addiction– the causes, the symptoms and most importantly the types of treatments that are available.  There are a myriad of resources that you can find online that will walk you through the beginnings all the way to the end where your loved one has controlled the addiction.  Also, research the specific substance, if known, that the person is addicted to. Again, learn the science behind it and what it can do to the body if abused along with the long-term impacts of abusing the drug over a great period of time.  The more information you have at your disposal will help in the difficult process of helping someone fight addiction.

In order to begin the process of helping your loved one, you first have to begin a dialogue with the person.  But begin the discussion starting from a place of love, compassion, caring, honesty and no judgment. However, begin this conversation when the person is in a sober state and not high or intoxicated.  You want their capacity to think rationally and their judgment as best as possible given the circumstances. It is important for the addict to believe that they are in a place of love and acceptance and that you are only there to help them, whether they want to believe they are addicted or not.  Use specifics about your worries. Do not use generalities about your concerns, but give specific instances, dates, times and locations of where you were concerned for your loved one that their addiction has become out of control. And give them specific reasons why you fear for their life.

When addicted to drugs and alcohol, some people feel that they are all alone in this battle and that there is no hope.  So, when talking to your loved one, impress upon them that they are not alone and that there can be hope and light at the end of the long tunnel of addiction.  Talk to them about different treatment options and the facilities that employ armies of addiction professionals and medical professionals that can help someone fight addiction.

At Asana Recovery, we know first hand how difficult it is to help someone fight addiction.  If you have a loved one that is addicted to drugs or alcohol, there is hope.  Not only are they not alone in the battle, you are not alone either. There are many organizations that help family members of people who are addicted.

The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.


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