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Techniques for Approaching Addiction


As a parent or loved one, it can be difficult to know how to navigate the complexities of an addiction in order to help the person you care about. You want to help them get the treatment they need, without making them feel like they are being forced or cast off in any way. You want to make sure you insulate yourself from reaping the consequences of their addiction, but you don’t want to push them away and alienate them.

You want to help them and show them you love them, but you do not want to enable their addiction or foster it in any way. It is a common challenge for family members, parents, spouses, and children of an addicted individual to feel confused at how to approach their addiction and get them the help they need. To help you navigate the intricacies of approaching an addiction, we have put together a number of techniques to use when approaching the addiction of a loved one.

How to Approach the Addiction of a Loved One

Addiction can be a daunting subject to bring up and acknowledge, but to get a loved one the help they need it is important to confront their addiction and seek the right help to get them on the road to recovery. Below are a number of ways to approach the addiction of a loved one to help them without enabling them.

Talk to them: This may seem like a simple step, but it is often very challenging to talk to the addicted individual about their addiction, particularly if they are still in a state of denial about the dependency. When trying to speak with them about their addiction, be sure it is in a serene, quiet setting and it is just the two of you. This will foster a calming environment and alleviate any concerns they may have about embarrassing themselves or being vulnerable in front of someone they aren’t as close to.

When you speak with them, be sure to address your concerns about their behavior and see if they are willing to hear your thoughts. It is important when speaking to your loved one to avoid yelling, cursing, or using blaming language. Instead, try to be compassionate and understanding. It is also sometimes useful to discuss instances in which their addiction has directly impacted you.

Stage an Intervention: If you believe a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol and is not responsive to concerns that have been voiced about their behavior, then it may be time to coordinate and hold an intervention. The most important step to take in staging a successful intervention is to seek the guidance and help of a qualified psychologist or substance abuse counselor to help guide and mediate the intervention.

To find a qualified specialist that is experienced in assisting with interventions, reach out to an accredited treatment center with intervention specialists on staff that are available to help. Once you have engaged a qualified professional to help during the intervention, it is then necessary to create a list of individuals who would like to participate and to arrange a day and time that works for all individuals involved.

It is important to determine a location to hold the intervention that is private and quiet to foster an environment of safety. Interventions can last several hours, so be sure to allow sufficient time for all individuals involved to speak. Keep the tone of the intervention concerned and supportive throughout and you must have an end-goal you are hoping to achieve, such as convincing the individual to enter a treatment program for their addiction.

Stay Involved in Their Recovery: If the addicted individual does agree to enter a recovery program, be sure to stay involved with them throughout the process. They will need your love and support as they confront their addiction and begin to live their life in recovery.

Different treatment programs will allow varying levels of involvement, but be sure to remain active and engaged to the extent possible to make sure your loved one feels continuously supported throughout the process. This support will aid in preventing a relapse while they are in recovery. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, Luminance Recovery can help. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment has helped many people break free from the chains of addiction. Call us today to learn more.

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