Hello loves, ❤

I pray everyone is doing well 🙂 We have a beautiful guest with us today, Bethany from Prevent Addiction. Bethany has a lovely page that showcases a lot of blog posts we can all benefit from, be sure to check out her page.

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How do you know if someone close to you is using drugs heavily or actually has an addiction? And, what do you do when you realize that someone close to you is struggling with a substance abuse problem and needs professional treatment? We’ve listed out some tips on what to do if you find yourself in this situation.

Look out for the signs

Are you worried your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol? There are certain signs to look out for that will tell you if they need professional treatment. Is the drug interfering with their social activities? Are they unable to manage simple work tasks without being high? Have they tried quitting the drug but they’re unable to? Do they spend most of their time buying, using or recovering from the drug? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your loved one is most likely suffering from a substance abuse issue and requires addiction treatment.

Know that you can’t force them to seek help

You can’t force someone to seek treatment for addiction if they don’t want it. They may think that they don’t have a problem. If your loved one doesn’t voluntarily check themself into a rehabilitation center, you can’t drag them there. If you’re concerned about your loved one and their substance abuse problem, you can call an interventionist to visit them. An interventionist is especially important if your loved one has anger issues, is struggling to connect with family members, has a mental illness, or is at risk for suicide.

Find a suitable facility

Is someone close to you struggling with addiction and needing your help? Find them a couple of suitable rehab facilities to choose from. Do this by first figuring out their budget, and if they have any specific needs (including disabilities and diet considerations). Are there any programs that would fit their personality (would they be happier at a wellness retreat out of state or a more traditional rehabilitation center a mile from their house)? Answering these questions will help you narrow down rehabilitation centers for them to get the help they need in a comfortable environment.

Participate in their recovery

If your family member or close friend checks themselves into treatment at an addiction center, it’s important to participate in any family programs that are offered. These programs can help you support your loved one and help you take care of yourself at the same time. Your loved one is going to need to lean on you throughout their recovery, and even after their program is over. Recovery doesn’t stop once they leave the treatment center. Urges can happen at anytime, and you have to help them through any roadblocks they may come across.

Remember to care for yourself

While it is crucial to focus on your loved one who’s struggling with addiction, it’s also critical to focus on yourself during this time, especially once they enter recovery. As someone close to them, you’re there to support them, but that can take a toll on your own mental and physical health. Drug and alcohol addiction can not only cause pain on the person who’s addicted, but also the people close to them. If you need to see a therapist, do it. Being able to talk to someone about what you’re going through will help you be a better supporter for your loved one.

When someone close to you is in need of addiction treatment, it’s important to be supportive and get them the help they need. Remember to take care of yourself while you’re looking out for your loved one. Addiction treatment takes an emotional and mental toll on everyone in the family, so it’s important to stay positive throughout the process.

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Thank you once again to Bethany who has taken the time to share her knowledge & advice behind when a loved on needs addiction treatment.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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8 Comments

  1. From someone whose brother became addiction to pain medication after being in a burn icu unit for months after a gas tank causing 4th degree burns to over 80% of his body, it is important for loved ones to know this. I think its important to remember that addiction does not always stem from people being reckless and out of control, sometimes its from true physical pain. Despite how it begans, family and friends are deeply impacted. I think its also important to lend a listen ear and coping mechanisms for loved ones because they are suffer too.

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