How to Help Someone with Addiction

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is a long process. One of the challenges addiction brings is the lie it tells the addict that he is alone. Rehab is not the sole duty of the addict but necessitates help from the family as well.

Here are ways how the family can help someone recover from substance abuse:

Educate Yourself

The best way for you to be able to help is to know what you are dealing with. You must understand the probabilities of addiction: how it started, how it affects the individual, how a rehabilitation happens and for how long. This will help you anticipate what could happen and prepare your responses. What is crucial is that you have to know that you have to approach change in a calm and careful manner. Anything that might trigger stress for the addict will not help reduce dependency.

This will also help you realize the symptoms of a possible relapse thus, you will be reinforced therapy at once. Educating yourself will also teach you how to communicate effectively to the person so you can help him realize that there is indeed a problem to be fixed – which is the first step to recovery.

Disable Excuses and Enable Commitment

Since rehabilitation is something new to the life you are used to, this could mean additional responsibilities for everyone: for the addict and for the family. Never cover up for the addict when he does not want to attend therapy or when he is under evaluation. Be honest as possible to your medical providers so they, too, understand the roots so that they can be able to design a rehabilitation process specific to your needs.

Remember, recovery takes at least three months of full cooperation and relapse is always a possibility therefore, reduce this risk by engaging everyone to a commitment to the process.

Divert Attention

Whenever the addict experiences something difficult, he might have been used to intaking certain substances to lessen the anxiety or pressure he feels. What must be done in order to retract his responses to anxiety or pressure is to introduce him to new things. Spend more time together, go outdoors, and most especially, always be there for him. Know signs of anxiety to be stopped at once disabling him from thinking about his vices.

Set Rules and Implement them Strictly

Talk to your loved one with substance addiction calmly. Never confront him because this could easily trigger the false belief that addiction taught him about being worthless.

Make sure that you communicate with your loved one that certain negative behaviors related to substance abuse can cause grave results. Be strict in implementing this to encourage discipline.

Seek Professional Help

Contact Sequoia Recovery today and get started on your journey to sobriety tomorrow. Our helpful intake coordinators will answer any questions you have about our wide variety of drug and alcohol treatment programs.


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