You probably came to this website because a friend or loved one is struggling in life—struggling with what you believe to be addiction. Maybe you have watched your loved one wrestle with substance use, anxiety, trauma or despair. You feel like you need to be doing something to share with them the message of recovery, and to give them hope for healing—but what can you do?
One of the best ways to be helpful is to educate yourself—learning more about what addiction is and what it looks like, as well as the steps you might take to help a loved one toward addiction treatment and recovery.
What are the Signs of Drug Addiction?
To begin with, think about drug addiction. Though people struggling with addiction are usually very private, hiding their tracks as best they can, there are often some telltale signs you can spot—some common signs and symptoms of drug addiction. A few of them include:
- Increased desire to consume a particular substance
- Difficulty functioning without that substance
- The inability to control the addictive behavior
- Major shifts in mood
- Using medications or drugs in ways other than those prescribed
- Using medications or drugs that were not prescribed
- Acting secretive or lying about drug use
- Withdrawing from hobbies, activities, or relationships
- Losing interest in things that used to excite
- Stealing or borrowing a lot of money
- Experiencing financial or legal problems
How to Help Someone Struggling with Drug Addiction
If you believe your friend or loved one has a drug problem, there are certain strategies to take in encouraging them.
- Read up on addiction, striving to understand it as best you can
- Avoid accusations or statements of blame
- Be vocal in expressing your concern
- Offer your support and encouragement however you can
- Suggest addiction treatment, but remember the addict must ultimately be the one to make this decision
- Remember that addiction is not a choice, and cannot be cured over night
How to Get Help for a Drug Addict
The only way to build a framework for lifelong recovery is to seek professional, clinical assistance. Encourage your loved one to seek help from Above It All—and pledge to offer your own support throughout and after the treatment process. Call us today to learn more about our drug addiction recovery services.
What are the Signs of Alcoholism?
Likewise, alcohol dependence comes with various signs and symptoms. Some of the giveaways of alcoholism include:
- Repeatedly neglecting personal or professional obligations
- Using alcohol in situations where it is inappropriate or even dangerous, e.g., behind the wheel
- Experiencing mounting financial or legal problems
- Continuing to drink despite negative effects on personal relationships
How to Encourage Someone Struggling with Alcohol Addiction
When helping someone through alcohol abuse, remember to put compassion first. Being judgmental or accusatory will get you nowhere. Some further tips include:
- Express your concern and genuine care
- Pledge your support and encouragement
- Remember that alcoholism is not a choice
- Be patient; recovery is a lifelong process
- Encourage help from a specialty facility
Encouraging Your Loved One to Pursue Recovery
The best way to help your loved one struggling with alcoholism is to urge him or her to seek treatment from a clinical addiction recovery center. At Above It All, we take a compassionate approach, encouraging each client and investing in their lifelong recovery. We also love involving family members in the process.
Above It All is privileged to offer treatment and care to addiction clients from all over the world. To learn more about getting help for your loved one, we invite you to contact the Above It All team today.
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