How to Talk to a Family Member About Their Addiction

If you believe a family member is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it’s time to take action. The question is, what can you do. Many people with addiction realize they need help, but they may not be willing or able to accept it easily. Other times, they may be in denial. If your loved one is struggling now, there are a few things you can do to help them get treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders they may have.

Use Facts to Discuss What You See

One of the most important decisions you can make is confronting your loved one about what you are seeing. Use facts, only, when doing this. For example, tell them about the times they’ve missed family functions, how they have not kept up with responsibilities, or how they are struggling at work. Discuss the things you see around you happening. This is harder for them to say it isn’t true.

Provide Some Rules and Limitations

It’s often necessary to establish some guidelines and rules for your loved one. For example, if they are using drugs or alcohol, tell them they will not be able to come into the home. They may not be around your family members. It’s also important to stop providing any financial support if you are doing so. They may be using money you’re giving them for rent on drugs and alcohol instead.

Talk to Them About Their Options

Reach out to a treatment center in advance of talking to your loved one. Find out how the program can help them. For example, make sure they have a bed for them to enter into residential treatment or availability in other programs such as intensive outpatient programs. Then, talk to your loved one about this opportunity. Make sure they know you’ll stand behind them as long as they are in treatment and going to therapy.

Remember that addiction and mental health disorders are diseases that a person may be unable to control. Often, they do not have the ability to stop using on their own, but they may want to do so. By providing them with the tools and making it difficult for them not to accept your help, they are more likely to take the steps necessary to get into treatment. Offer a helping hand so they can start on the path of recovery.

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