Tips for Helping Someone with Drug Addiction


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Helping someone with drug addiction recovery is not easy. It is an overwhelming journey, often bringing in days of despair and sadness. Sometimes, the journey may seem so hard that you would feel like giving up. However, all you need is to know the right approach. 

Following are some tips for helping someone with drug addiction:

  1. Be encouraged- Rehabilitation is possible if you follow the right steps. However, there may be many obstacles and resistance in the recovery process. Therefore, you must stay confident and not give up.  
  2. Be compassionate- When someone has a drug addiction, they can be harsh with their words or actions. However, you must not get hurt and blame them as this may make the situation worse. Therefore, you must be kind towards them and care for them.
  3. Accept that you cannot help them all by yourself- You may think that you can fix them all by yourself or be their only support. However, drug addiction requires experienced clinical guidance and treatment. Therefore, you must get them clinical care and connect them with people who are also on the journey of addiction recovery.
  4. Do not delay in taking supportive actions- You may be in denial about the addiction and hinder the healing process. However, it will put them at greater emotional, physical, psychological, and life damage risks. Therefore, you must not hold their recovery process and educate them about the treatment center.
  5. Seek professional help- Drug addiction recovery is a challenging path with many complications, like underlying triggers and detox risks. Therefore, you must get professional help for guidance and successful recovery.
  6. Cut that enabling behavior- You should not blame or shame them for their addiction. However, you must also not adopt enabling behavior as it will just continue the problem. Therefore, you should consult a professional and understand the difference between supportive behavior and enabling behavior.
  7. Do not expect immediate changes- It may be very heartbreaking for you to see them addicted to drugs. However, you must not expect them to transform within days. You must understand that recovery is a long and continued process.
  8. Do not be too supportive- Addiction recovery is not going to be easy for them. However, if you continue to support their bad habits, it will be even more challenging. You must draw the line at their intolerable behaviors and be honest about the boundaries you wish to set.
  9. Check on your behaviors- Over time, your perception of reality may get distorted. You may become over-responsible and lose yourself. Therefore, you must talk to professionals and refresh your perspective.
  10. Respect their privacy- You may want to discuss their addiction or therapy sessions with others. However, they may not be okay with people talking about them. Therefore, you must not violate their privacy and not persuade them to reveal their therapy or counseling.
  11. Care for yourself You may get occupied with the addiction recovery of your loved one and end up ignoring your well-being. However, it will just put your health at risk. Therefore, you can join individual therapy, support groups, or integrated family programming for your own needs.  

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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