If a loved one or close friend suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction you’ve probably experienced first hand the difficulty involved when it comes to lending a hand. The addict concerned often refuses to come to terms with the problem. It is all too easy for loved ones to turn a blind eye in the hope problems eventually go away on their own.
From our experience problems rarely do go away on their own.
Those involved in using drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol are often unable or unwilling to seek out help. The addict concern may refuse to believe they’ve got a problem in any case.
Short of sending your friend or loved one to a private rehab centre, we thought it important to outline helpful advice aiding people facing this dilemma.
#1. Be non-confrontational
If you’re confrontational then the addict concerned will mimic you. This means the person you try to help will adopt a hostile and defensive position when you offer to help. Confrontation does not signify helping Instead try to keep your cool and offer constructive advice.
Closely watch the precise language you use when you first approach the addict concerned. Avoid statement such as “You really are an alcoholic” or “You require professional help”. Although you maybe 100% correct in your assertions you risk aggravating the situation. Instead, try to be more indirect.
#2. Leverage your concerns and show you genuinely want to help
Communicate your genuine concern. If you can’t help financially then express your commitment in other ways such as your time and advice.
If you do not express your concerns the addict may feel you’re pocking your nose into his or her business. Leveraging genuine concern shows you care for the addict’s well being.
#3. Keep a diary of your concerns
Maintain a diary of your concerns surrounding the addict’s condition. This allows you to draw on notes when you first approach the addict with an offer to help. When you do not keep notes you tend to forget important events in the addiction timeline. Keeping written records makes sure all is remembered and accounted for.
#4. Consider professional intervention
Sometimes it’s best left to the experts. Professional intervention is when a qualified drugs and alcohol counsellor travels to your home in order to help the addict concerned. This service is rarely free of charge but the service you receive is typically outstanding and goes some way to making sure the addict receives the help required. Click here to read about our intervention service.
If you would like to learn more about our private rehab centre please call admissions team today on 0800 140 4690. Alternatively complete the enquiry form and a member of our team will reply shortly. If a loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction why not consider our intervention service.