What You Can Do for a Friend Battling Addiction
- The first thing you can do is simply avoid having a negative attitude; remember that addiction is a disease, and many of your loved one’s actions are due to addiction’s effects. Being judgmental or accusatory will only result in your loved one becoming defensive.
- Another important step? Be patient. Yes, it’s hard. But you’ll probably have to persist in encouraging your loved one to seek treatment. That’s because they have to overcome some deep denial, and may not be ready for rehab until they hit a personal bottom. Hang in there, offering love and encouragement whenever you can!
- Pledge support along the way. Going to rehab is tough, and it’s probably scary, too. Make sure your loved one knows that you’ll be there to help and support them throughout the process, however it’s needed.
- Help them find a good rehab. Reach out to the admissions team at a nearby treatment center and ask how they can help.
- More than anything else, make sure your friend or family member feels loved. Rather than judging or guilting them, let them know you care about them, worry about them, and just want to see them be as healthy and as happy as possible.