Recovery Matters

Helping your loved one seek treatment for addiction

Helping your loved one seek treatment for addiction:

When a person is in the grips of addiction, disarray and turmoil become a regular part of life for both the struggling addict and their loved ones. Family members feel helpless and desperate watching a loved one plunge into the depths of addiction. They are inundated with feelings of frustration, anger, guilt, hopelessness and fear – an amalgamation of emotions that lead to absolute anguish.

It is at this point that family members realise that pleading, arguing and confronting the addict is constantly met with limited success. Family members also begin to neglect themselves, ignoring their own struggles thus leading to even more all-consuming chaos.

It is normal for the addict’s family to feel alone, distraught and stigmatised.

“How did they get like this?”
“What could I have done differently?”
“Did I encourage this behaviour?”
“Should I show tough love?”

These are just some of the questions family members begin to obliterate themselves over. Sadly there is an abundance of misinformation available regarding the treatment of addiction. (Think of those bad reality shows that glamorise shameful interventions.)

Below are 10 tips that increase the chances of getting your loved one to engage in addiction treatment while keeping you healthy and secure simultaneously.

10 Tips to help your loved one seek treatment for addiction

1. Take care of yourself – self-care is essential.
2. Put up boundaries/ personal limits.
3. Avoid words that carry a stigma i.e.: addict, junkie and enabler.
4. Communicate in a non-judgemental way.
5. Recognise the strengths and worth of the addict. Acknowledge that their behaviour in active addiction does not define who they are as a person.
6. Address your own issues, acknowledge your own struggles.
7. Empathise with the uncertainty of the addict.
8. Respond effectively and kindly to this ambivalence. Listen to their point of view and stay away from threats.
9. Seek advice from a professional. This is the most optimal way to learn how to communicate with the addict. It is imperative that you learn to control the way you converse.
10. Suggest a visit to a drug counsellor. Ensure that the addict knows this is simply an initial consultation to see what treatment options are available.

Contact a Houghton House professional and set up an assessment for your loved one today. The process begins by simply calling Houghton House. You are immediately put into contact with a professional who carries out a brief telephonic evaluation, guiding you on the appropriate step forward.

A one on one assessment process identifies the best treatment option for your loved one – this is based on the individual’s emotional, psychiatric and physical history.

The professional multi-disciplinary team of experts at Houghton House provide a full spectrum of care.

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