When A Loved One Needs Help with Addiction
When Your Loved One Shows Signs of Addiction
Watching someone you love struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol can be difficult. If they are displaying any signs of addiction, we recommend you start a dialogue with them about seeking professional treatment in a loving, non-judgmental way.
Signs of Addiction
The signs of addiction can frequently overlap with mental health disorders. We recommend that you consult a mental health and substance abuse professional when seeking help for a loved one. In some cases, an intervention may be necessary to get your loved one into rehab. This intervention may be as simple as a conversation. Below are some common signs a person is abusing drugs or alcohol. If you notice a loved one is showing these signs, act immediately.
- Change in Physical Appearance
- Sudden weight loss
- Enlarged or Dilated Pupils
- Bloodshot Eyes
- Slurred Speech
- Rashes and Sores
- Neglecting Their Hygiene
- Loss of Motivation
- Changes in Sleep Patterns
- Changes in Energy Levels
- Secretive Behavior/Dishonesty
- Mood Swings
- Unusual Behavioral
Starting a Discussion
Discussing your concerns about a loved one’s addiction can be difficult, but we have some advice about how to make the conversation a little easier.
The first thing you must understand is that they may not be ready to confront their addiction or listen to your concerns. Their first impulse the addicted person may have is to deny they have a problem. Most times, the person may find it difficult to accept your help. The best thing you can do in this situation is listen, asking questions to guide the conversation towards treatment, and allow your loved one to freely talk about what has been going on in their life. Always remember to confront the situation from a loving perspective, without judgement, criticism, or arguing. Let the person know that you are there to support them.
Here are some ways you can start a conversation with someone you are concerned about:
- “You haven’t seemed yourself lately. Is everything okay?”
- “I’ve noticed you have been using drugs and it concerns me.”
- “You have been distant lately. Would you like to talk about anything?”
- “I’ve noticed your drinking a lot. Do you need help?”
Questions like these can get a conversation started. Once the conversation has started, ask a lot of questions to keep the conversation going. Always try to put yourself in your loved one’s shoes and ask questions without judging, yelling, getting excited, or justifying their behavior. Let the person know that they are not alone. People suffering from addiction try to hide their addiction from others, causing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Once they know you are there for them, they will be more likely to allow you to help them get the treatment they need.
Things to Avoid When Discussing A Loved One’s Addiction
First, try to avoid having a conversation about treatment when you loved one is heavily under the influence of their drug of choice or have consumed a lot of alcohol. Talking about their addiction mid-use may cause the person to act irrationally. If you encounter a loved one in the process of actively getting high or drinking to excess, try to get them to pause their use and get them to a safe place. Let them “sleep it off” and speak to them when they are less intoxicated. When they are actively using, they cannot fully understand you and may react in a more negative way than if they were sober.
Always avoid threatening the person you love when discussing their addiction. Regardless of how frustrated their addiction is to you, making threatening statements to scare someone into stopping will only make things worse. Pushing someone away with threats will only make the process of getting them help more difficult. You cannot force someone to stop their addiction with threats, but you can provide the support and encouragement necessary to help them consider substance abuse treatment.
Another thing to avoid is lecturing. Lecturing is basically giving the person a monologue about how their addiction needs to stop. This goes again our advice of listening and showing compassion to you loved one. Speeches about getting sober, without listening to what is going on in their life, will not be effective.
Get A Loved One Help At Pride Recovery Center
We are a group of experienced mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals that have helped hundreds of people manage their addiction for long term sobriety.
Your Loved One Can Expect:
- They Will Be Treated with Respect and Dignity
- An Individualized Treatment Plan Designed to Treat the Underlying Causes of Their Addiction
- Open and Honest Communication About Their Progress
- They Will Be Held Accountable for Their Actions and Behavior
- A Program that is Committed to Them and Their Goals
- Non-Judgement Therapy with Licensed and Experienced Counselors
- We Will Treat Both Their Body and Their Mind
- They Will Gain Valuable Life Skills That Will Decrease Their Likelihood of Relapse
How to Get Started
First, we recommend you learn about the programs and therapy services that we offer.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Outpatient Program (OP)
- Detox Services
- 12-Step Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Neurofeedback Therapy
- Adventure Therapy
Next, contact our Admission department by calling (844) 929-0868. You will reach an Addiction Specialist to discuss how your loved one will best fit into our program. During the call, we will need to speak with your loved one to perform an assessment of their addiction.
Help is Waiting for Them at Pride
Our qualified team is ready to help your loved one begin treatment and improve their quality of life. We are standing by to answer any questions you or your loved one may have and get you in a program that is right for their unique situation. If they realize it is time to get help, give us a call or send us an email below. All conversations you have with us are confidential. We are available anytime day or night to discuss all available options. There is no reason to wait, help your loved one get help now.