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Helping a Loved One Who Is Struggling with Drug Addiction

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. family education program

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 and treatment.

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.

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