5 Real Ways to Help the Recovering Addict in Your Life
by Beth Davis
If you have a loved one that is struggling to recover from a substance abuse addiction, then you already know how hard it can be to be understand, especially if you know nothing about drug addiction yourself.
The one thing that is clear to the loved ones of drug addicts is that you should not cut them out of your life, as that sends them to an even darker place and can end tragically as well. In this blog, you can find a few real ways that you can help the recovering addict in your life without losing your own sanity as well.
It's impossible to help someone if you know nothing at all about drug dependence yourself. That's why it's important to educate yourself by doing research, talking to professionals, and reading up on everything you can about your loved one's particular addiction.
Drug addiction of any kind is extraordinarily complicated, and you can't learn about it by simply doing a little research. You need to know the causes, symptoms, risk factors, and even the side effects of all drugs before you can even begin to help the one you love. Educating yourself is the only way to understand your loved one's problem and to see when they are struggling and need your help.
Keep an Open Line of Communication
Many family members worry that opening the lines of communication and confronting their loved one will lead to them pulling away and taking drastic steps. The only way to help your loved one is by confronting them with the knowledge that you know they have a substance abuse problem and then keeping the lines of communication open, so they know that you are there and willing to help.
Suggest that Your Loved One Seek Treatment
Once you have confronted the addict with the fact that you know about their condition, you should suggest that they seek treatment. Whether it's inpatient or outpatient treatment is up to the individual and how bad their addiction is. It's important to note that it is impossible for someone with an addiction to stop on their own, no matter what they try to tell you and treatment centers are also not one size fits all, so it may take some time to determine which is the best option for your loved one.
Holistic treatments are very beneficial and an often overlooked approach to treating addiction. According to Pooja Khanna, the founder of Begin to Heal: there was "nowhere that people could access, understand, and experience holistic treatments," and how they can benefit addiction therapies, which is why she started her website. Getting your loved one to try holistic healing locally or at an online site can provide great help.
Always Present a United Front
The one thing that your family needs to know for certain is that you won't get through to your addicted loved one unless you present a united front. It won't be helpful to anyone involved if you aren't all on the same page.
For example, you can't have some family members feel that it's not that big of a problem and that treatment isn't needed and some thinking that it is. Get everyone on the same page before you confront your loved one for the best results.
Don't Forget to Care for Yourself and Your Family
Though it's important for you to take care of your addicted family member, it's also important not to forget to take care of yourself and your family as well. Neglecting self-care and the health of your own family will end badly for everyone involved.
These are just a few of the top ways that you can help your loved one with an addiction recovery. Remember, confrontation, treatment, love and patience are key to success.