How Can I Help My Addicted Friend?

How Can I Help My Addicted Friend?

Addiction is a powerful, life-changing disease that can undermine even the strongest relationships. It is only natural for a friend to want to help an addicted love one, but knowing how to help is a touchy subject. You must do your part to help an addict, no matter how small or big your role may seem. Not all addicts will listen to their friends and family; in fact, your friend may push you away if you attempt to intervene. In that light, understand that there are numerous ways you can address addiction without even talking to your loved one about treatment.

Knowing when and how to help depends upon a variety of factors, such as the relationship, the severity of the addiction, the risk involved, whether others have attempted to help already and etc. So, to make the most out of helping an addicted friend, first learn about addiction to see what the addict is dealing with and why he needs help. There will be plenty of tips for when and how to approach the issue; there will also be several ways to speak with addiction counselors, recovery professionals and interventionists who can answer your questions and offer guidance.

Should I Talk to My Friend About Her Addiction?

When approaching an addicted friend, remember that the last thing she needs to hear is judgment, blame or criticism. Addicts need help, so inciting fear, guilt or embarrassment will only make them less inclined to seek help. The goal of talking to an addict is to have her acknowledge the addiction and accept help; in some situations it will be best to approach the issue one-on-one, while other users may need a small group and a professional interventionist to confront them. No matter what your friend is like, show her that she has your support.

Some addicts are reluctant to get help, so you may need to take a backseat in your friend’s life while he continues using drugs. If that is the case, then set boundaries and enforce them to impact the future. When an addict refuses to get help, good friends should let him know that they do not support the self-destructive lifestyle. When friends and family tell an addict how unhappy they are with drug abuse, but they carry on with the relationship, then they enable the addiction. Therefore, friends and family must let the addict face the consequences of addiction, because only then will he have reason to change.

A true friend will always help an addict when/if she is ready to get help, but such friends will not support addiction. For this step to succeed, friends must communicate their love for the addict while refusing to support harmful behavior.

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