Get EducatedIf a loved one is using drugs, understanding the nature of addiction, the causes, and the associated behaviors will help you better support your loved one’s treatment and recovery process. Addiction is complicated; often times the addiction may be due to an underlying emotional issue, chemical imbalance or other condition that drives an individual to self-medicate. Understanding and treating the causes for addictive behavior is instrumental to successful drug rehabilitation.
Be Supportive but Don’t EnableThere’s a fine line between helping a loved one seek treatment for addiction and enabling the addiction. It’s important to recognize enabling behaviors and take steps to eliminate these behaviors from your life. Examples of enabling behaviors include allowing a family member or friend to live in your home while the abuse substances or even making excuses for your loved one to friends, family and co-workers. Denying your loved one care may seem cruel, but it’s essential to stopping the cycling of enabling and forcing them to get help.
Establish BoundariesOnce you’ve made the decision to stop enabling a loved one, enforce these boundaries. Setting boundaries will protect you and your family from a loved one’s erratic behavior under the influence of drugs. Most importantly, don’t give your loved one financial support unless it’s to help pay for a treatment program; otherwise, you are essential paying for their drug habit, even if you’re indirectly doing so.
Organize an InterventionYour loved one may realize that they have a problem with drugs but be in denial about how severe this problem truly is and that they need help to deal with it. Working with an addiction specialist or drug counselor, holding an intervention is one important way to help your loved one take the first steps towards getting sober.
Help Manage Treatment Program LogisticsEnrolling in a treatment program can be an overwhelming experience, especially given the multitude of programs currently available and the challenges of finding the right treatment option that’s geographically convenient and accepts your loved one’s insurance. Remove these hurdles to treatment by managing the logistics.
Respect the Treatment Program RulesIf your loved one is participating in an inpatient treatment program, chances are that the program may prohibit any outside contact during the first stages. This is completely normal as your loved one needs to focus on his or her initial recovery.
Connect with Support GroupsFrom your local Narcotics Anonymous chapter to a support group for individuals transitioning out of rehab, reach out to the different support groups in your community. Alateen Co-Dependents Anonymous and different forms of family therapy can all be helpful. The Internet is also a great resource for connecting with families who have also been affected by substance abuse. You never have to be alone!
Help Facilitate the Transition ProcessAfter your loved one leaves treatment, the transition back to “real life” can be difficult and confusing. You can help make this transition easier by providing your loved one with a sober, safe and supportive environment. Connect your loved one with community support groups for job counseling and training skills, affordable transitional housing, and continued sober living support.
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