4 Ways Family and Friends Can Help Fight Addiction
Studies show that somewhere between 26 and 36 million people worldwide suffer from some type of opioid addiction. That’s not to mention other harmful substances that take hold of an individual and control their lives. Drug addiction affects more than just the addict. Family and friends are constantly suffering while determining how to help, when to put up solid boundaries and when it’s time for rehab. As a loved one of an addict, you play a huge part in their recovery. Many loved ones struggle with the best ways to help an addict recover. In an effort to help family members deal appropriately with addicts as they fight addiction and recover, we’ve put together four ways that family and friends can help to fight the disease.
Avoid Negative Enabling
One of the most important things you can do for an addict is say no and learn how to stick to it. It’s difficult when faced with someone you love that is in dire need, but they need to know you mean what you say. Never give an addict money or a place to stay to give in to emotionally manipulative behavior.
Seek Extensive Support
It’s as important for family to seek support as it is for the addict. Most programs like Al-Anon offer some type of support group to loved ones. These support groups can help you stand strong and learn that you are not alone in your struggles.
Offer Positive Enabling
Always let your loved one know that you are here for them if they truly want to change, but the enabling behaviors must turn from negative to positive. Help them find treatment when they want it, and offer to pay if you are in a position to do so if they can’t find financing on their own.
Tell Other Family and Friends
Inform your friends and family of the addiction, and encourage them to avoid negative enabling. Know that there is nothing to be ashamed of when a family member has an addiction, and you need all the support you can get.
We Can Help
Here at Brighton Recovery Center, we offer addiction recovery to those who are ready to turn their lives around and those who want to help them do it. Call us today to learn more at 844-479-7035.