Addiction: How can I help a Family Member

How can i help a family member struggling with drug addiction

Addiction: How to help your family

As a family member and related to someone with a drug addiction, you can help in many ways. Even if you’re not related to the drug addict, you can do something that will be of benefit. Below are a few tips to family members or close friends to someone with a drug addiction or who may be alcoholic.

The first thing to know is that the drug addict and this includes alcoholics, is that down deep they know they need help and in the majority of the situations the user doesn’t want to live this way. But they also do not have an immediate solution. Often we hear “the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem,” now this may or may not be true. There is one certainty though, and that is that if the person is going to admit he has a drug problem he or she also realizes they were wrong. People do not like to be wrong; most of us enjoy the idea of being right in our decisions and actions. At anytime you admit you were wrong, in your actions and decisions you also are stating that you were not in control of your life.

Many people struggling with addiction and this means anyone abusing any drugs from pot, cocaine, crack, and heroin, painkillers like Tylenol, Perks, Oxycontin to beer or hard liquor. There is a common trait that will be observed in every case, and that is they are not tracking in the same time frame as the rest of us. Most drug addicts are in a world of their own, so when you speak to them, you generally don’t make much sense to them. You can observe a child on drugs being talked to by his parents or relative go “ya, hum, ya, ah…ya…um, I know…” yet the seriousness of their condition is below their awareness. But there is something you can do.

From a counselor’s point of view, he or she is aware of the drug addict’s condition and will be able to get to their level of what is REAL to them. You can be sure of one thing that what is the most real to any drug addict or alcoholic and that is the substance being abused. If you begin to show interest in what they are doing, there is a good chance they will respond. If you do not know what the effects of cocaine are, ask and listen, be supportive get to know what this person is living. Soon enough they will open up to you, but only if you are nonjudgmental, nonabusive and especially genuinely interested in what they have to say.

But you are not a trained addiction counselor, and your help will only go so far, so this tip above is to bring the person into a safe relation with you where they can express their need for help, that’s when you contact a professional drug addiction counselor to take over. Don’t feel helpless about someone’s addiction; you can help, you are there, you can do something. If you know someone with this situation call us for assistance in resolving their addiction, call 1-877-909-3636