If you know someone who is suffering an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you could understandably feel mentally and emotionally tested. However, you can help this person to overcome their addiction provided that you are careful when broaching the subject. Here are some tips to consider.
Consider when, where and what you will say
In preparing to speak to your loved one, consult a health professional who tackles drug and alcohol use problems, WebMD advises. This professional’s advice could help you discern when and where you should talk with the addiction sufferer and what you should tell them.
Tell them about your concerns
In talking to the person, let them know that you are concerned about their addiction problem and why. You also shouldn’t forget to tell them how much you care.
Don’t blame yourself for their issue
If you are the parent of – or otherwise close to – the loved one, you could too readily accept blame that they place on you for their dilemma. However, you should instead accept – and tell them – that their own conscious choices landed them in this situation, as Psychology Today explains.
Don’t destroy trust
Through establishing trust between you and the loved one, you can help them to start considering a change. Therefore, you should avoid trust-destroying behaviours listed by Verywell Mind, including nagging or criticising the person or yelling at them.
Help yourself, too
If you are still struggling to trust your loved one at the moment, this could severely stress you. Hence, you should seek assistance in managing your stress and so better positioning yourself to help the addiction sufferer, too.
Offer appropriate assistance and support
You shouldn’t, for example, offer more help than you can financially afford. Also, don’t give them money that they will spend on furthering their bad behaviour.
Direct them to primary or secondary treatment
Addiction treatment is available in both primary and secondary forms. The former is suitable early in addiction treatment efforts, but if the person has already undertaken primary treatment, consider that they would be welcomed at Portsmouth’s ANA Treatment Centres for secondary treatment.
This means allowing the person to suffer adverse effects of their addictive behaviour. To that end, you shouldn’t excuse this behaviour or take over your loved one’s responsibilities. Also, tell the person what you will do if they don’t seek treatment for their issue with drug or alcohol addiction.
Take them to treatment immediately
Should your loved one agree to undertake treatment, don’t delay in bringing them to a treatment centre; otherwise, that person could go back on their word. ANA Treatment Centres offers services in drug and alcohol rehab for East Sussex addiction sufferers and others from South East England.
This is crucial if the person resists going to treatment, as not all addiction sufferers will agree to treatment even after someone else tells them they are concerned. Therefore, if they do resist, do what you told them you would do if this indeed were to happen.