istock 1194956306If you suspect a friend or a loved one has a problem with addiction, it can be a very difficult situation. You may wonder how to help, or even if you should try to help. You might think someone else will step up and say something so you don’t have to, or you may feel strange about getting involved in someone else’s life – you don’t want to nag them, but you know they need recovery help. Here are some things you should know about helping a loved one when they need it the most.

Talk to them when they are not drunk or high

During this important talk, let them know how their addiction is affecting the people in their life and how it is affecting other aspects too, such as their career. Give specific examples of what has happened as a result of their addiction. Make sure the talk centers on how worried you are about them and how much better life could be without addiction; it is not the time to be critical or accusatory.

Make sure to listen

This is also a time for them to talk. Listen to what they are saying, because you can’t really help if you don’t listen. Also, if it is a two-way conversation, it will feel less like a lecture to them.

Encourage them to get help

The talk should also include recovery options; make sure you come prepared with information about local resources, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Talk to them about the benefits of overcoming addiction and how a recovery program can help.

Continue to be there

If they do decide to get treatment, make sure you continue to support them. Chances are they will still need you there to talk to and lean on, even after they enter a recovery program.

Your help and support are vital if you think that someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol. It can be a difficult decision to get involved, but it can also save a life. For questions about recovery or our recovery programs, call Wasatch Crest Treatment in Heber, Utah, at (800) 385-3507.

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