Helping Someone Overcome Addiction
Addiction doesn’t only affect the addicted individual, but also his/her family and loved ones. When a person suffers from addiction, such individual may begin to lose control of his or her homes, jobs and finances. Over time, they may also lose contact with the world and lose their family relationships and friendships. Once you recognize that you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, it is important to seek professional help immediately.
However, the problem comes when the person dependent to a substance denies the addiction. This could pose a very challenging task, because it could mean that the person may still not ready to change or get help. If you are really willing to help, there are some things you can do.
Identify the Root of the Problem
There are a few reasons why some people engage in addictive activities, such as drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Sometimes, it could be because of personal or family issues that lead them to rebellion. It could also be because of curiosity, to enhance athletic performance, numb emotional pains or just to have fun.
Identifying the root of the problem is one of the things you can do to help an addicted person. It may not be for the addicted individual, but for those who are trying to help. If you are trying to help someone who is struggling with addiction, identifying the root of the problem could give you a better understanding of the situation and the person. You could better understand the person involved when you know where he/she is coming from.
Your Support and Encouragement is Crucial
Sometimes, those who have addiction problems deny the addiction as a defense mechanism. Therefore, your role as a family member or a loved one is to show your support and understanding of the situation. Remember that the addicted person isn’t bad, but a struggling person who needs help. Instead of interrogating or attacking a family member whom you suspect to have an addiction problem, be more encouraging.
Discussing about the negative effects of addiction to family, career, sports and other commitments may help the person. If a loved one relapsed or still continue with the problem despite your efforts to help, do not be surprised or discouraged. You should also not take it personally. Instead, you must remain positive and encouraging.
Never lose hope. Sometimes, the addicted person will feel disheartened, and may feel that he/she is just wasting your efforts. This is the time for you to take action and become more supportive.
Seek Professional Help
Overcoming addiction, even with the help of someone you love is not easy. There will be a lot of low moments and discouragements.
The truth is, there isn’t a secret formula for success when dealing and overcoming this difficult problem. Helping someone who struggles with it can also be overwhelming. Therefore, it is important to seek professional help from experienced and skilled experts who can guide you and your loved one through the process of healing.