Helping an Addict: How to Help A Loved One When They Are Addicted

Helping an Addict

Do you have a loved one who is struggling with an addiction?

If the answer is yes, we feel for you. It’s a terrible thing to go through, and you may often find yourself wondering how to go about helping an addict you love.

The decision to try to get your loved one help is never an easy one to make.

But thankfully, with the support of caring family and friends like you, your loved one will have an even better chance of recovering from their addiction, whatever it may be.

Every case is different, but there are a few general steps you can take that will help you get your loved one the care they need.

We’ll review the steps in this post, so you can help the one you love.

1. Rebuild Trust

The first step in the process is to rebuild trust.

Trust needs to exist on both sides before the addict can begin to think about changing their behavior. It can be difficult to develop trust, and it can undermind quite easily.

You’ll want to avoid criticizing, nagging or lecturing the addict.

Even when you’re having a difficult time with them, it’s important to avoid name-calling, yelling, and shaming the addict for their behavior – as that will only make the situation worse.

2. Get Yourself Help

Being involved in an addict’s life in any way, shape, or form is stressful. 

To make the process easier to bear, you’ll need to accept the reality of the situation. You’re facing a lot of stress and you’ll likely need help managing that if you want to help both your loved one and yourself.

Support groups are a great place to start.

3. Communicate with Your Loved One

The most important thing to do is to listen to them. While you might feel compelled to tell the person in your life that the drug addiction they’re struggling with is something they need to change, the decision is ultimately theirs at the end of the day.

Allow your loved one to communicate freely with you, without fear of judgment.

4. Seek Treatment for Them

Depending upon the kind of treatment your loved one will be getting, the process may vary.

If you wish to remain involved throughout the course of there treatment, there are few things you’ll want to bear in mind:

  • Continue working on rebuilding trust with your loved one
  • Don’t be afraid to be open and honest about your feelings, too
  • Don’t shame your loved one in the support groups you attend – simply explain your experience
  • Listen to your loved one with an open mind and heart
  • Keep in mind that in order for your loved one to change, you may need to change some of your behaviors, too

Helping an Addict: Let Us Help You

Our treatment programs make helping an addict as stress-free as possible.

While loving an addict is never easy, it doesn’t always have to be difficult to get addiction help.

Focus on rebuilding trust, communication, proper care, and don’t forget to seek help yourself, too.

Please call us with any questions or concerns you have.