Today’s blog discusses how to encourage your loved one to seek addiction help. It is very painful to watch a family member or loved one suffer from a drug and alcohol addiction. You may feel powerless, frightened, overwhelmed, and unsure of how to best help them. Perhaps you have tried talking to your loved one about their addiction, but it doesn’t seem to help them stop drinking and using. Although you cannot make your loved one stop using, there are steps you can take to encourage them to get the support and addiction help they need. The following are some steps and suggestions for helping a family member or friend find the appropriate help for their drug and alcohol addiction.
Seek professional assistance → Most likely, you have already tried reasoning with your loved one about their drug and alcohol dependence, but it does not help them stop and it might even draw you further away from them. You are not doing anything wrong — an active addict or alcoholic is very difficult to reason with due to the effects of their drug and alcohol addiction. The best way to problem solve is to consult an addiction professional. Someone who specializes in helping addicts can give you the appropriate tools and advice for assisting your loved one get help. It is beneficial to speak with someone who is not only professional and experienced, but who is also objective to the situation. If you are at a loss about who to contact, please call 866.802.5868 — we have a certified and compassionate team of addiction professionals available 24/7 to answer any questions you have about addiction, treatment options, and our program at Serenity Now, CMHC.
Explore different intervention options → An intervention is not easy, but it is an essential component to helping your loved one get the help that he/she so badly needs. Consider the different options for intervention and discuss with your supports how to properly go about it. For example, should you hire a professional interventionist? Or perhaps you want to include other family members and friends? Hiring an interventionist can help encourage your loved one to seek help and can also help to prevent things from escalating during the intervention. There are certain instances where hiring a professional interventionist may be preferable, such as if your loved one has a history of serious mental illness, violence, or has recently shown suicidal behavior. It’s important to plan the intervention ahead of time. When deciding what to say, it is better to not beat around the bush — tell your loved one exactly how serious you believe their addiction is. It is also helpful to decide on whether or not there will be consequences if your friend or family member refuses to get help. Establishing clear consequences, such as no longer giving the loved one money, can sometimes be an effective way to encourage change. A carefully planned intervention can lead the addict to the professional addiction help they need.
Encourage treatment → Many times, the addicted individual will claim that he/she can stop using without any professional assistance. Doing so is not impossible, but it can be extremely challenging. Thus, it is always best to encourage professional treatment. The detoxification process is not easy and can be life-threatening, so it is best to get your loved one the appropriate help and support. There are many different types of treatment programs — detox, residential, day/night, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. It can also be very beneficial to attend a treatment program out-of-state. In recovery, we encourage removing addicts from the people, places, and things associated with their addiction. Serenity Now, CMHC is located in sunny South Florida. Our treatment center offers a serene space for healing from addiction. There is a very strong recovery community here in South Florida, which is very beneficial in early recovery. At Serenity Now, CMHC, we offer a variety of addiction help treatment programs and services individualized to the needs of each client. If you are unsure about what level of treatment is appropriate for your loved one, give us a call — we are happy to answer any questions you have about our treatment programs.
Take care of yourself and seek support → We understand the challenges of dealing with an active addict or alcoholic, and it is essential that you remember to self-care. It is also important to remember that your loved one isn’t in the right state of mind when actively using drugs and alcohol. It is common for addicted individuals to lie, steal, and lash out, especially when approached about their substance abuse. It is important to not give up on your loved one, or to take their actions and words personally. We realize this is easier said than done. We encourage you to find a support network, whether it be Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, or a therapist. The disease of addiction affects everyone involved and reaching out for support can be very beneficial to your own emotional and mental health. At Serenity Now, CMHC, we believe family counseling is an important aspect of the individual and the family’s recovery process. For more information about Al-Anon, check outhttp://www.al-anon.org/
At Serenity Now, CMHC, we understand the many challenges and obstacles to seeking addiction help for a loved one addicted to drugs and alcohol. Remember that you do not have to do this alone — we are here to help you and your loved one start healing from the disease of addiction. Although the situation seems bleak right now, we assure you that your family member or friend can recover from this deadly disease. Call our confidential 24-hour helpline today and receive the support and compassion you deserve.