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You can’t make someone quit.
This is a harsh reality for friends and family members of an addict. At times, addiction can distort an individual’s priorities and prevent them from seeing the harm they are causing to others.
While forcing a loved one to kick their addiction isn’t always realistic, there are still ways to support them and their recovery.
1. Take Care of Yourself
Substance abuse affects all those involved in an addict’s life. When a loved one is struggling with addiction, it can be very distressing. Feelings of guilt, anger, grief, and sadness are common. As a result, it is important to make time for your own mental health and wellness. Without proper self-care, we prevent ourselves from being able to provide the full support that our loved ones need.
You may find that meeting with a counselor or attending a support group can help you to cope with these feelings, and give you the stability and clarity of mind to be a better caregiver for your loved one.
2. Get Educated
Learn more about substance abuse and treatment. Become familiar with different types of treatment and therapies. The more that you know about treatment options, the more confidently you can speak about them with your loved one.
This can be key in not only persuading them to get help, but also once they are in recovery. Learning more about the program they’re involved with can provide them with support and encouragement. You can also remind them of skills if they are ever struggling after treatment.
3. Become Involved
Become involved in your loved one’s recovery and with the recovery community. Ask their treatment provider about opportunities to attend group meetings or therapy sessions. Some programs also offer specific family groups to keep friends and family engaged and active in the recovery process.
Participate in recovery events and build your own support network. This will not only give you people to lean on in times of need, but also give you the opportunity to give back and help others who are going through similar experiences.