Ask Away Blog: Supporting Someone With Addiction

Supporting Someone With Addiction

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

 
If you have someone that you love that is suffering from an addiction, then you know it can be challenging to know what to do. Often a person with an addiction has erratic behavior, sometimes financial issues, and it can be challenging to understand how you can help them.

Here are some actionable steps that you can take to support someone in your life with addiction.

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Education

You might understand some parts of addiction; understanding the actual process and the diseases that hold over a person can be difficult. It’s easy to see that somebody has perhaps stolen money, they’ve got themselves into legal trouble, and blame their addiction.

But if you understand why and how that addiction happens and the impact on personality and rational thinking, it can be very helpful. Seek to educate yourself on the thing that they are addicted to, as well as the implications for them.

Specialty help

If your loved one is in a frame of mind where they want to take action on their addiction, you could help them to find help. There was usually specific and specialty help for each addiction. Each organization will have a range of services and a range of fees. Y

You may also be able to find a range of churches that have free counseling sessions and meetings.

American addiction Centers reviews have a wide range of information that can be very useful for getting people the treatment they need.
 
Enable

It can be very easy to give an addict money or enable their addiction without realizing that you are doing it. It is essential to recognize that an addict most likely cannot be rescued. Sometimes, they will need to experience the consequences of their disease, which is why education and specialty help it’s so important.

If they are ready to get the help, you can support them in doing so, but it is essential that you do not enable their addiction as much as possible.

It might feel that this is very difficult because you wish to buy them food, I’ll give them money for rent, or help cover any legal fees. Sometimes, this can prolong the addiction, as it helps them avoid the severe consequences of what is going on.
 
Support

you will also need help for yourself. Trying to get an addict through their addiction and out the other side can be a grueling process. It is essential to know that you two will need support to do this. There are a number of groups, most of which will be local, that can help you with resources, as well as learning coping mechanisms.

Being around other people who are also going to the same situation can make it feel less alone - and see people who are at different stages of the journey than yourself.

Supporting someone with an addiction can be one of the most challenging things you do. But making sure that you are armed with all the information and seeking support for yourself can be invaluable.


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