Loving someone with a substance abuse problem is one of the most difficult things to experience as a friend or family member. Interactions will inevitably become stressful and can lead to feelings of anger, frustration, and overwhelming sadness.
It’s important to know that there many ways to foster loving, supportive relationships while your loved one receives the help they need to overcome their addiction.
Here are 7 ways to help a loved one with an addiction.
- Don’t enable someone with an addiction. This could refer to lending money to a family member, letting them stay in the home, or feeding them.
- Practice self-care, whether it be through meditation, exercise, therapy, or even complete withdrawal from the individual for a designated amount of time.
- Set boundaries for the benefit of both people in the relationship. Determine what behaviors are unacceptable and how they will be handled. Consistency is important.
- Attend meetings for friends and family members of people suffering from an addiction. Nar-Anon and Al-Anon are free resources for developing coping skills when dealing with drug addiction sufferers and alcoholic addiction sufferers, respectively.
- Practice listening more than talking. Avoid reacting by yelling, accusing, or threatening. Don’t feel the need to hide sadness or fear. Crying is okay.
- Determine early on what words to use when the time is right. Make it clear that full support will be given when the user is ready to join an alcohol detox or drug recovery program.
- Identify warning signs of serious drug and alcohol dependency and act early. Oftentimes a well-planned intervention may be all it takes to give the addiction sufferer a better perspective on their problem.
When a loved one decides to seek help, CLARE Foundation is ready to accept the client with open arms. We’re backed by a team of professionals who specialize in addiction treatment and drug detox. Finding recovery options that are both accessible and affordable is the first step toward a healthy mind and body.
Please contact us today for further information.