If your family member’s drug or alcohol use is impacting their life in any way, they have a problem. Once a problem appears, it is critical that you treat it as quickly as possible. The earlier a substance use disorder is treated, the more likely treatment is to be successful and the less damage the addict will do to their life. Although every addiction and every addict is unique, there are some general signs of trouble to look for. Some of the most common include:
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- No longer enjoying previous pastimes
- Acting “shady,” “sketchy,” or evasive
- Seems to be having unclear money troubles
- Rapid and frequent mood changes
- Decreased academic/professional performance
- Socializing with a different crowd
- Increasing emotional instability
How Do I Convince My Family Member to Get Help?
One of the most difficult parts of helping your loved one find freedom from addiction is convincing them that they have a problem. There is a significant stigma attached to addiction, and it is very embarrassing, even shameful, for many to admit that they have a problem, especially to their family. Beyond this denial, many addicts are unaware of just how severely they are damaging their lives, or their addiction may have become so central to their life that they don’t care about anything else.
Just because helping your family member understand that they have a problem is difficult, it does not mean that it is hopeless. While some substance abusers come to the conclusion that they need help on their own, or after a private conversation with a loved one, many will require more convincing. In this case, an intervention may be necessary. Interventions involve a group of people that care about an addict (primarily friends and family) showing their loved one that they care about them but they have an addiction problem. Interventions must be handled carefully, ideally by a professional interventionist, or they may have the opposite intended impact.
If you would like information on how to hold an intervention, contact a professional treatment provider today.
How Do I Help My Addicted Family Member?
Family members of substance abusers often find themselves walking a fine line. On the one hand, they desperately want to be supportive and to protect their loved one. On the other hand, they do not want to enable their addiction and unintentionally make it more severe or long-lasting. Luckily, there are many ways to help a family member or friend who is either in recovery or wants to be.
Perhaps the most important thing is to educate yourself about addiction and dependence issues, in particular those that your family member is facing. You will then know the most and least helpful courses of action. You will also likely find that once you understand what your loved one is going through, you will experience less frustration or pain from their actions.
Help Them Find the Right Rehab
Most struggling with substance abuse issues find that the best way to achieve and maintain sobriety is by attending a top-rated treatment center, and addiction recovery providers universally agree. You can help your family member find a safe, effective rehab that focuses on rebuilding love and connection that will help them begin a new, sober life.
Attend Family Therapy
Many treatment centers offer family days where the loved ones of patients can come and visit them, and even participate in their treatment. This is an excellent opportunity to begin rebuilding love and connections. It is also important to attend long-term family therapy, as few methods have as great a chance of success.
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