What You Can Do if You Fear a Loved One Is an Addict

Living with someone who is an addict can be a hard situation. The fact that they often do not admit to being an addict can make the situation even harder. Fortunately, you do not have to live with the pain they are causing. If someone you love is an addict and can’t admit it, there are some steps you can take to help.

1-      Speak to them in a safe environment. If this means that you set up an appointment with a therapist and have the conversation in their office, then go ahead and do that. If it means that you speak to them while out in public, then take the opportunity to do it. Be sure that you use language that makes them feel safe, such as “I care” or “I feel.” This type of language creates safety for the addict so that they won’t be on the defense.

2-      Contact a professional for help. Some addicts simply won’t hear you out. In such a situation, it may be helpful to contact a professional. Find a rehab or detox center and speak to a representative to find out what they suggest.

Of course, there are many more things you could do as well. You could create an intervention, take them on a “trip” to a rehab center, point out stories in the news about the effects of addiction, and so much more. Helping a loved one suffering with an addiction is a noble thing to do, but it is essential that you realize that they have to take responsibility before anything else can happen, and so not to beat yourself up when they don’t listen.

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