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Helping your loved one battle addiction can be a very challenging task. There will be lots of ups and downs along the way. You may encounter the worst experiences that might make your hopes for your loved one’s recovery fade, especially when you don’t know what you can do to help. Fortunately, we’ve prepared a list of most effective tips that you need to know when helping your loved one triumph their addiction battle. Please read on.
1. Learn More About Addictions
Information is power. And when dealing with a serious problem like addiction, you’ll need to have full knowledge of its causes, how it affects the victims and their lifestyle, their family and friends, and most importantly, how it can be stopped. Fortunately, there are several platforms where you can get this information: the internet, public libraries, and organizations such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). You can also learn more about addiction treatment services that can help your loved one through the battle including residential alcohol rehab.
2. Stage an Intervention
Addiction doesn’t just affect the addicted person alone, but family and friends as well. The victims usually tend to be in denial about the problem even as it gets worse. And it will reach a point where you’ll feel it’s time to confront the victim by staging an intervention. This is essential to help the addict see how much the addiction has affected the people they love and care about. During the intervention, each of you will express how this chronic disease has affected them and how concerned they are. You’ll also set healthy boundaries during the intervention that should help the addict think of starting their journey to recovery.
3. Avoid Enabling Them
One sad truth about addiction is the fact that most friends and family find themselves supporting the addict in their life without even realizing. Maybe you’re helping them financially by giving them money, buying them food, paying their court fines, attorney fees, and rent – out of love. And this can make it difficult for the addict to stop their actions. But the best way to help them through the battle is by refusing to help them out at all. Allowing them to experience the consequences of their actions may be the only way they’ll consider changing for the better.
4. Be Compassionate with Them
One of the greatest barriers to helping your loved one battle the addiction disease is negative social support. This can make them feel they’ve been left alone and cut off, and they can resort to taking more drugs and alcohol. However, when family and friends treat them with compassion, it can be the best motivation they need to start treatment. They’ll be more comfortable and willing to open up, and this is where you should listen and thereafter emphasize your care and concern.
5. Don’t Give Up
Addiction is a very stubborn disease that can keep relapsing every other time you start being hopeful. It can easily destroy relationships with friends, family, and workmates. The road to recovery will also be a very long and difficult one, it may last for several years or, sometimes, for the rest of the victim’s life. You may have been trying to help your loved one recover to no avail and you’re starting to lose hope on them. Well, please don’t. Giving up on them will also make them give up and any hope of ever recovering may be gone.
Battling addiction may not be as simple as it sounds, and there’s no guarantee of completely stopping it either. Challenges are going to be there. The addicted person may act in denial, refuse to begin the recovery or they may relapse. But there could still be light at the end of the tunnel, especially when family and friends come together to help their loved one battle the disease. These tips are essential to help you through the process. Most importantly, don’t give up on your loved one. Help them accept to begin treatment as soon as possible. All the best!
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