July 21, 2023 Addiction

A Guide to Helping a Loved One with Addiction

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I help without enabling?

To help without enabling:
Establish clear boundaries and communicate them respectfully.
Encourage personal responsibility and growth by offering support and resources rather than enabling destructive behaviors.
Focus on listening, understanding, and offering guidance when appropriate.
Encourage autonomy and decision-making skills, promoting self-sufficiency rather than dependence. Practice self-care and seek professional advice if necessary. Remember, helping doesn’t mean enabling, and it’s important to prioritize the well-being and growth of both parties involved.

How can I approach a loved one about their addiction without alienating them?

Approaching a loved one about their addiction problem requires empathy and understanding. Choose a calm and private setting, express your concern without judgment, and emphasize your support. Use “I” statements to convey your feelings and observations rather than accusing or blaming them.
Offer specific examples of how their addiction affects you and others. Encourage them to seek professional help and assure them of your unwavering support throughout their recovery journey.

What not to say to someone who has an addiction?

When speaking to someone with a drug addiction, it’s important to avoid judgmental or dismissive comments that may further isolate them. Don’t say things like, “Just stop using,” or “You’re weak.” Avoid blame or criticism, such as, “You did this to yourself,” as it can hinder their recovery process.
Instead, offer support, express concern, and encourage them to seek professional help or treatment.