Seeing a loved one struggle with the devastating consequences of addiction can be especially hard on family members. You may wonder what, if anything, you can do to help them overcome their substance abuse issues.
While seeking professional help is a must, there are a few things you can do to help your loved one deal with addiction.
First, it is important that you understand what you can and can’t do. Educate yourself about the issues surrounding addiction, including what puts individuals at risk of a relapse. Learn to take care of yourself—continue to make healthy choices, and seek the help of a support group if necessary.
Remember that you can’t force someone to quit. Talking about their substance abuse problem can be helpful, but you need to do it in a nonjudgmental manner. Working with an interventionist can help you approach these difficult conversations in a positive way that helps your loved one recognize that they have a problem.
Finally, set boundaries to ensure that you don’t accidentally enable a loved one’s addiction. Make sure your rules have consequences and that you follow through with them. In many cases, these consequences are the trigger that helps someone recognize they have a problem.
At OneEighty, we want to support you in getting help for your loved one. Feel free to reach out to us for additional resources and support.