We always hear people concerned for their loved ones. They want to know how to help an addict. It’s a relevant request because of how little people really know about addiction. If you’ve never walked a mile in those shoes, it’s difficult to fathom exactly what’s going on in the addict’s body and mind. There are some things we can all do for family and friends who are caught up in the cycle of addiction.
How Not to Help an Addict
Any discussion about how to help an addict has to begin with what not to do. The last thing you want to be is an enabler. You gain nothing by turning your head and looking the other way while someone you love is being self-destructive. Getting lost in an addiction is far easier for the addict when the people around them are turning a blind eye. It’s the equivalent of saying their actions are acceptable.
Before we start a discussion about how to help an addict, it’s important to understand that addiction is a disease–a disease with no cure. With any luck, the addict can have the disease arrested and put in remission. However, the disease will still be off in the corner doing push-ups, looking for the opportunity to reappear in the form of one drink, one pill or one injection.
How to Help an Addict
The first step in the process of providing help is educating you about addiction. This includes learning how to identify the traits and actions of an addict. Education will help you understand there’s very little you can do for them in terms of fixing their disease or their problems. What you can be is informative and supportive.
The likelihood your loved one will get help before they are ready is slim. Most people don’t realize they are caught in the cycle of addiction. Without being intrusive, your task is to help them recognize what’s going on in their life. You can achieve this by subtly pointing out the deficiencies and troubles. From here, you might be able to start pointing them towards getting the help they need. At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is be supportive of the notion that they need to get help for their addiction.
Reaching Out to Beaches Recovery
Beaches Recovery is a premier, full-service rehab facility located in Jacksonville, Florida. We offer customized treatment plans. We have designed our treatment methodology to allow our counselors to address the specific treatment needs of each patient. Our treatment plans cover the following methodologies:
- Outpatient and intensive outpatient program
- Residential drug rehab
- Partial hospitalization program
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Detox services
- Trauma therapy
- Experiential therapy
For more information about how to help your loved one, we encourage you to call our Beaches Recovery facility at 866-605-0532. Through your support and concern, we encourage you to get your loved one to our door where we’ll have the opportunity to help them establish a lasting recovery. That’s how to help an alcoholic or addict.