Steps Family Members Can Take Right Away To Help An Addicted Loved One

If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, there are certain steps you can take to help the person you care about. If someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, you should take action immediately. Every minute counts.

  1. person in bright orange sneakers walking up a flight of stairsGet Educated about Addiction. 
    Understanding addiction will make it easier to approach the situation. Do some extended research about the disease of addiction so you can be armed with information.
  2. Talk to the person affected by addiction about the situation.
    If you express concern and the person reacts with denial, anger or hostility; tell them that you are concerned for them  and that you will be taking additional steps to see that they get the help they need.
  3. Get support for yourself.
    One of the ways you can help an addicted person (and yourself) is to get help for yourself by joining a support group that helps family members of addicts or alcoholics.
  4. Remember, you didn’t cause it, you can’t cure it and you can’t control it!

Adapted from: AshwoodRecovery.com