How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Addiction
Things You Can Do for a Loved One Struggling with an Addiction
One of the most popular questions that we receive from family members and friends of potential clients that are struggling with addiction is about what they can do to help. It’s understandable that a friend or a loved one would want to help a person that they care about work through their addiction. Addiction is a disease that can stop any person in their tracks and, as a result, that person may certainly reach out to friends or family members for assistance.
At Pacific Manor, our team will always work closely to assist any person or family that may be suffering from the impact of addiction. With years of industry experience, we pride ourselves on staying up to date with the latest techniques and recovery trends. From there, we incorporate them into every treatment plan that we help to put together with our clients.
Signs of Drug or Alcohol Addiction
If you have concerns about the possible addiction of a loved one, there are specific signs that you may want to be conscious of so that you can help them if needed. Keep in mind that the signs of addiction and relapse can be similar. Some examples include:
Many people that struggle with addiction also struggle to maintain other aspects of their life such as their professional responsibilities. Slowly but surely, your addiction will take over seemingly every facet of your life. Whereas you may have loved your job at one point, now your addiction has become all-consuming to the point where you either cannot keep up with your job expectations or you simply stop caring about living up to those expectations. However, professional struggles are definitely a sign that a person may be struggling with addiction.
It takes a fair amount of money to support an addiction. Regardless of whether your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it could end up costing hundreds of thousands of dollars over time to support their addiction. Bankruptcy or continuously needed financial help could be indications that there is a big problem.
One of the biggest signals that your loved one may be struggling with addiction and that they need immediate help is if they are having health problems. For instance, if a person is suffering from a severe addiction to alcohol, they may experience liver issues which could ultimately lead to their death if it continues. If your loved one is currently experiencing health issues, it’s important that you let us know so that we can focus on resorting them to health as they begin to work through their program.
Keep in mind that there may be several other warning signs that your family member may exhibit. If you have any suspicions, a good rule of thumb is to reach out regarding how to help a loved one struggling with addiction sooner rather than later.
How to Help a Loved One Get Addiction Treatment
When you’re ready to take the step of getting help for your loved one, some factors that you may want to keep in mind include:
Finding the right treatment center
Taking the time to speak with a team of experienced addiction professionals will help you to communicate to your loved one not only that they need help but that you have also found a facility and treatment team that can provide them with that help.
Stage an intervention
Sometimes the best way to help your loved one recognize that he or she needs help is by staging an intervention. There are certain guidelines that you should follow when it comes to putting together an intervention so that the chances of a successful intervention only go up. If you need help in putting one together, our team can provide you with the guidance and resources that you need.
Things to Do for a Loved One Who Is In Rehab
Your loved one should always feel your support while they are in rehab, even if it’s from a distance. Some things that you can do while your loved one is in rehab include:
Making phone calls for them
If your loved one needs to go to an inpatient treatment program, they may feel stressed and overwhelmed by the fact that there are certain day-to-day activities that they won’t be able to manage. For instance, something as simple as paying a bill still needs to be taken into account even though they are in treatment. Offering to pay bills or make phone calls for them can help them to feel more comfortable.
Talk with them during the time that they are in treatment
Although you won’t be able to speak to your loved ones as often as possible, taking the time to speak with them throughout the course of their treatment program can be a great source of comfort for them.
Communicate with their treatment team
Checking in with the treatment team is always a recommended step so that you can be an active participant in their recovery. When your loved one decides to come to Pacific Manor, you can rest assured that we will communicate with you on a regular basis regarding the process of your loved one.
Attend family therapy
There is a common misconception among many people that therapy during addiction recovery is specifically geared toward the person that is working through the different aspects of their addiction. However, if their relationship with their family has been directly impacted by that addiction, taking part in family therapy may benefit each person in your family. During family therapy, you and your loved ones will have the opportunity to learn more about addiction in terms of it being a disease. Addiction isn’t something that a person would consciously choose to have which is something that many family members don’t understand. Family therapy sessions take place in a neutral environment where every person has the opportunity to express themselves in a healthy way.
How to Support a Loved One After Rehab
It’s undeniable that addiction is a family disease. As a result, there are certain things that you can do to support both your loved one and help you and your family to recover from the impact of addiction. Here are some helpful tips that you can keep in mind:
Avoid bringing up the past
It’s imperative that you avoid bringing up conflicts that happened during the time that your loved one was in active addiction. In moments of frustration or anger, it may feel easy to bring up past hurts, however, it’s important to remember that there is nothing that your loved one can do to change the past. Also, making them feel guilty or upset about past events could lead them to relapse.
Talk with them
Although you don’t have to always talk to your loved ones about their addiction, making time to check in and see how they are doing will help to show them that you are there to support them and that you care about them which can give them more encouragement.
Continuing Recovery After Drug Rehab
While it’s critical that your loved ones truly commit to their overall recovery process during their time in treatment, it’s just as important that they understand that recovery is a lifelong process. Something that we always encourage our clients to do after their time in treatment is to locate 12-step meetings that are in their area. If your loved one is working through an outpatient program, this is something that we will strongly recommend that they do during the time that they are in treatment because it will only help their system of support to grow.
Although it is important for your loved one to attend 12-step meetings, many family members don’t realize the importance of establishing their own system of support through participating in Al-Anon or Nar-Anon groups. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon were created out of a realization that family members of a person that is struggling with addiction also need to grow and develop their own level of support. During an Al-Anon or a Nar-Anon meeting, you will meet other people whose lives have been impacted by the addiction of a loved one. Through sharing and communicating with others you will come to learn that there are people that you can rely on for help and support when you feel overwhelmed by the addiction of your loved one.
The Pacific Manor treatment team is always here to provide you with the comprehensive level of care that you need to overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol. As addiction experts, we also understand that it’s imperative to provide your family with a certain level of support so that they too can heal from the impact of addiction. For more information about how to help a loved one struggling with addiction, we encourage you to get in touch with us today. A member of our team is waiting to speak to you at (888) 300-4370.
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