How to help a loved one with Addiction
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Watching anyone struggle with addiction can be a very painful and confusing experience. It is important to understand that you are not alone! So, we've compiled a useful guide to helping a loved one who's struggling with substance abuse that you can easily access using the button to the left.
What are the signs and symptom to look for?
It is common for a person to feel fear or shame surrounding their addiction. As a result, he or she may lie or try to hide their problems from those that care about them. Watch closely for the signs of addiction before approaching your loved one about your suspicions.
Get Educated about Substance Use Disorders
If you are reading this now, you are already taking the first and most important step to helping your loved one. It is important to understand that addiction is a serious problem, and he or she may not be able to stop on his/her own. Whether your loved one is abusing legal substances such as alcohol or prescribed medications or illegal substances such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or methamphetamines, their behavior is harming their life and the lives of the people that loved them.
Support, don't enable.
It is natural for us to want to support our loved ones. However, enabling their addiction by offering financial support, making excuses for their behavior, or providing a place for continued use is NOT SUPPORTIVE. Now is not the time to blame them or yourself for the addiction. Now is the time to take positive action!
Find professional resources.
An individual who is struggling with substance abuse has likely tried and failed to stop many times on their own. By the time the mental and physical effects of substance abuse are apparent to loved ones, it is time to seek professional help. Fortunately, addiction is treatable, and there are many individuals that are equipped to help. A family doctor or therapist may be the first person to recommend treatment. While an individual could detox from the addictive substances in a hospital or even on their own, a multidisciplinary treatment approach is needed for long-term recovery.
Our team of treatment professionals is available to answer any questions you may have about substance abuse or treatment. Remember, you are not alone! We can help determine the best opportunity to approach your loved one and get them the help they need.