Friends and family can play an
important role in addiction treatment, especially when it comes to identifying a substance abuse problem in
a loved one and offering help. Because drug and alcohol abuse can change
the way that the brain works and limit a person’s self-control,
many people will not seek drug rehabilitation on their own. Therefore,
it is important to know what to do when you recognize the
telltale signs of addiction in someone you love. Read on for a look at the right steps in helping
with your loved one’s recovery.
Talk directly to your loved one
You will want to remember that you cannot fix the problem yourself, but
you might offer resources and options for a friend or family member who
is abusing drugs. To establish yourself as a positive resource for your
loved one, have a direct conversation about his or her drug use in a calm
setting. You should avoid framing the conversation as an attack and remember
that not everyone will be immediately receptive to seeking drug detox
Avoid enabling your loved one’s behavior
It can be easy for friends and family members to fall into the role of
an enabler in an attempt to protect or help a loved one. Enabling your
loved one might take many forms, including lending money, making excuses
on behalf of the person, or simply suffering the consequences of the person’s
behavior without speaking up.
Seek professional help
Whether your loved one is receptive to help or not, speaking with a drug
addiction treatment specialist is a positive step that will let you understand
what type of help is available. Discussing your loved one’s behaviors
with a professional will also allow you to gain perspective on the severity
of the problem, which will then lead you to the most appropriate solutions.
With the Family Education Program at Retreat of Lancaster County, you may
improve your loved one’s recovery from drug or alcohol addiction,
which may also include inpatient detox, partial hospitalization, and holistic
therapies. To learn more about these programs and the peaceful facilities
that Retreat has to offer, call (717) 859-8000.