Friend That Is Addicted

Addiction is a family disease, which means everyone involved in the addict’s life is affected by their drinking or drug use. Parents lose their children, spouses lose their husbands or wives, children lose their parents and friends lose their companions. It’s extremely difficult to know what to do in these situations because you don’t always want to turn your back on the addict in fear that something terrible will happen, but supporting them may also feed their addiction. This is where interventions become an effective way of helping the addict realize it’s time for help.

The best way to help an addict is by intervening, but this must be done very carefully. Addiction is a disease that tells the person that there’s nothing wrong, and they believe that they have to drink or use in order to live life. This means that they can become extremely defensive and potentially abusive when confronted, so you must know how to handle the situation in the best way possible if you want to help your loved one.

Stopping the Co-Dependency and Enabling

Most addicts wouldn’t be able to drink or use if it wasn’t for friends and family members providing them with support. This can be something as simple as giving the addicts rides or loaning them money. Emotional support is also a big enabler because the addict feels that they can continue doing what they’re doing while still getting the love from their friends and family.

Co-dependency is when a loved one of the addict is addicted to the person’s addiction. They can’t help but try to save the person by providing them with unconditional love, but this can be extremely damaging. It begins to hurt the co-dependent person’s mental health because their life now revolves around being there for the addict. This type of situation is most common with parents or spouses of the addict.

Conducting Informal Interventions

There are times when an addict hasn’t even considered the thought of getting sober because they lack self-awareness as a result of their addiction. They don’t see how drugs or alcohol are affecting their lives, so they continue in their addiction. Another problem is when addicts feel completely helpless and hopeless. They get stuck in a cycle of drinking or using, and they believe that this is the only way to live. Sometimes simply talking to the person and bringing up the idea of seeking help will alter their thought pattern and make them realize they need help.

Formal Interventions And Specialist

When the addict has become a danger to themselves or others, it’s time to have formal interventions. It is absolutely critical that they receive treatment. Before you have a formal drug intervention, it’s of the utmost importance that you speak with an addiction specialist or interventionist. They will help guide you through the intervention process by letting you know what to expect and how to deal with different situations as they arise.

The interventionist will also explain to you about the boundaries you must set with the addict if they refuse treatment. This may seem harsh, but you must remember that your mental and emotional health is important as well. Studies have shown that when interventions are done properly, the addict is much more likely to come back and agree to go to treatment even if they shut the idea down at first.

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