Addiction is a scary word, but put it with a loved one’s name and it can feel like your world has flipped upside down. Having a loved one who is suffering from addiction is equally as hard on family and friends as it is on the addict. Being supportive becomes extremely important for recovery. Here are some ways how you can support a loved one suffering from addiction:
Do Not Judge– A person with an addiction almost always feels poorly enough without having someone close to them giving them a hard time. Listen to what they are telling you before you jump to conclusions. Always remain open and willing to offer your advice when they are open to hearing your opinion.
Be Patient– It is extremely hard for a person to admit they have a drug or alcohol problem. Do not push them to seek help. The person needs to feel they are ready to get help and accept they have an addiction for addiction treatment to be successful. After they see their problem, give them time to make a decision on how they want to tackle recovery.
Educate Yourself– Get information on addictions and how they are effecting your loved one. Understand what they are going through and how you can help. This will help you be more supportive and will also help yourself .
Get Counselling– Addiction counselling is not just for the addict. Everyone suffers when someone becomes an addict. The more you help yourself the better you will be at helping your loved one.
Create Hobbies– After addiction treatment, help your loved one remove all triggers in their home whatever they may be. Come up with activities to help keep their mind busy. Become physically active and create new hobbies. This will help build your relationship and support your loved one through this time.