How to Help a Loved One Who is Struggling with Addiction
Addiction is life threatening and should always be taken seriously. Getting an addict the help they need as soon as signs of an addiction are recognized can save their life. Anyone can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. We now know more than ever about the way drugs work in the brain due to advancements in scientific research.
How do you know if someone is struggling with a substance abuse problem? If your answer is ‘yes’ to some or all of these questions, your loved one might have a substance abuse problem.
- Do they take prescription medication in larger amounts than prescribed?
- Do they take prescription medication more often than prescribed?
- Do they want to cut down or stop using the drug, but can’t?
- Do they spend a lot of their time getting, using or recovering from using the drug?
- Are they neglecting responsibilities such as home, work, or school due to drug use?
- Do they continue to use the drug even though it puts them in danger?
- Do they have cravings and urges to use the drug?
- Do they continue using the drug even though it causes problems in relationships or other aspects of their life?
Once you feel that you’ve determined that your loved one is struggling with addiction, there are ways you can help. First, try to approach the subject with them. See if they are receptive to getting help or at least to getting an evaluation from a doctor. Emphasize the amount of courage it takes for them to seek help for addiction. There is a great deal of research with evidence that treatment for drug and alcohol addiction works, and people recover every day.
If your loved one doesn’t seem responsive to treatment, an intervention could be beneficial. It is important to consult a professional when considering an intervention for your loved one. It is important to make sure they feel loved, supported, and open to seeking treatment.
It is important to seek professional help for your loved one. Addiction is a very complex disease and you cannot fix them yourself. Professionals in addiction treatment have the extensive skills and knowledge needed to help get your loved one on the road to recovery.
The addiction specialists at A New Start, Inc. are here to help your loved one get the help they need to start their path to recovery from addiction. Our IOP center for addiction treatment offers specialized addiction treatment for drugs and alcohol. The therapist team at A New Start, Inc. also provides dual diagnosis treatment for clients suffering from both addiction and mental illness. Contact us today at 844.TALK.ANS to learn more.