How do you help a loved on notice the need for addiction treatment? There are phases that an addict goes through and there are ways you can help them pursue addiction treatment. Most addicts will deny that they have a problem at all; they will want you to drop the subject or will get very defensive with you. Keep the tone positive and let them know you are there for them and follow the advice in this article and you can succeed in getting your loved one into addiction treatment.
If the person you suspect of addiction is defensive try to change it around as if you are talking about another person’s situation with a particular addiction treatment, such as a self help group. Do not become a rescuer; you need to stay firm and calm to relay the message. The addict may become defensive, if this does happen drop the subject until a later time. You have set the wheels in motion. The addict knows you care and are concerned and may seek addiction treatment on his or her own. If the addict does not seek help eventually a higher authority will intervene. More than likely the addict will break the law and be ordered into treatment. Once in an addiction treatment program ordered by the court the addict will hopefully learn and identify their addiction with the help of other recovering addicts. Sometimes hearing how others have conquered their personal addictions will motivate an addict to want to recover.
Whatever the addiction may be, gambling, alcohol, or drugs, there is an addiction treatment program for it. There is so much help out there, you can research programs on the internet or contact a local support group. Remember if a loved one is addicted to something you need to address it with them and let them know your concerns and that you are there for support.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.