Watching someone you love suffer with substance abuse makes us feel their pain. It can be heartbreaking to watch a family member or a close friend struggle with drug or alcohol dependence. Not only does it hurt to see them this way, but you may also be feeling frustrated and helpless, knowing that no matter what you do, you can’t take away their addictions. You may be ready to cut that person out of your life for good – but that could be the worst mistake you can make.
Instead of suffering, it’s time to do something. Although there’s no way that you can stop your loved one from drinking or doing drugs, there are ways that you can help them get the help they so desperately need to stop once and for all.
How You Can Help
According to the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., here are a few things you can try to help your loved one finally get the help he/she needs for substance abuse:
- Get the Facts: Learn all you can about alcoholism and drug abuse.
- Offer Support: Tell your loved one that you are there to help and support them through the recovery process. Let him/her know that you are willing to even go with your loved one to get help.
- Show Your Love: Know that your help may not be wanted. You may receive anger, hear the denials and the excuses from your loved one. But don’t accuse. Instead, remind him/her just how much you care.
- They Can’t Do It Alone: There may be promises of stopping “cold turkey.” But that rarely works. The only way to get clean is to find treatment.
- It Won’t Happen Overnight: Recovery is an ongoing process, one that your loved one will be struggling with for his/her entire life. There may be times when he/she falls. Just be there to help pick him/her up.
Call A Sober Place Now
If you have a loved one who is suffering from a substance abuse problem, now is the time to act. Contact A Sober Place now and find them the right drug and/or alcohol treatment center to fit your loved one’s needs.