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How Can You Encourage a Loved One to Get Treatment for Addiction?

Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015


Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

It is very hard to see a loved one become addicted to drugs or alcohol. However, there are many actions that you can take to help them battle the addiction and potentially save a life. Addiction is not just a problem, it is a disease.

If only talking with a loved one about solving a business issue was as easy as discussing a drug or alcohol addiction.  Remember that when it comes to addiction, every second counts. When an individual is not treated, the problem can be life threatening. Remember, drug abuse kills around 200,000 people around the world each year.

Understandably, it is difficult to take talk about a topic as delicate as drug or alcohol abuse with a friend or family member. You may think that this tough conversation may ruin your relationship or hurt their pride. It is common for all humans to act defensively when confronted with a harsh reality.

Read ahead to learn some ways that you can encourage friends or family members to seek treatment for addiction.

How To Get The Conversation Started

Start the discussion when your loved one is sober. You should also educate yourself about drug abuse, the main symptoms and change in behaviors. This information will help you to encourage and support the addict.

Be Open, Truthful And Realistic

It is very important to be candid. Tell your loved one how you feel about them, and list some of the impacts their addiction has had on you.

Sometimes, people are unable to accept that their loved ones have a problem. The first step in the recovery process is acceptance of the truth from both you and the addict. This way, you can help them get early diagnosis and treatment.

Prepare A List Of Drug-Induced Problems Beforehand

It is a good idea to make a list of problems that can result from the overuse of drugs or alcohol and share that with your loved one. Having facts available will help keep the conversation factual.

Inspire Your Friend To Get Treatment

Come into the discussion with information about professional addiction services. Provide  success stories and, if possible, arrange a meeting with one such individual. Not only will this boost your loved one's trust, this may provide some hope.

If you feel that your loved one is still unwilling to get treatment, don’t be discouraged. After providing them with information, reassure them of your support and continue to recommend professional help.

Remember, helping a person addicted to drugs or alcohol is not easy. You will need a lot of persistence and determination. But, if you are honest, open and sincere, there is hope for recovery. Contact us to speak to a professional about the treatment options that are available.