If you know someone who is suffering from an addiction, then you likely already know how difficult the entire experience is for everyone involved. It’s also likely that you aren’t sure how best to help that person. Support for addiction can come in a variety of forms and from a variety of sources, so don’t withdraw, thinking there isn’t anything that you can do.
How You Can Provide Real Support for Addiction
If you have a friend, family member, or loved one who has an addiction, then you may see them “act in ways unfamiliar, secretive and unsafe.” It may be disorienting, frightening, confusing, and upsetting, among other things. Understandably, you might want to try and work to help them seek out recovery so that they can heal. Along with that is a desire to ease the tension, and perhaps burden, that this experience has made you feel in turn.
Offering your support for addiction that is endangering someone you care about may not be clear-cut. There are a lot of questions within this experience and not many answer, very few clear avenues toward a successful recovery and renewed commitment to healthy living. You may even come to believe that your loved one doesn’t actually want to change, but this isn’t the case: they often just don’t know what steps to take in order to help themselves.
“It is imperative for people to recognize that the management of substance use disorders is a process like any other chronic medical condition.” Of course, another part of the problem that many will encounter when trying to understand addiction is that there is so much misinformation and myths that surround this issue and many of which people believe. These falsehoods generate painful stigma, discussed in our last blog post, which are greatly detrimental to the people who are trying to recover from substance abuse.
So, how can you actually provide your support for addiction understanding and recovery? It may need to begin with a period of rehabilitation so that the individual can get the substance out of his or her system. It also may be that you have to encourage the person toward making a change, and this may be one of the more difficult parts of the process. Still, it’s a necessary one, as it shows you’re invested in that person and their well being. Afterward, “there is much evidence to support behavioral, pharmacological and motivational approaches to treating addiction,” so you can work closely with the individual to help to determine what is the best course of action for him or her.
You should also involve the expertise of a clinician, a health professional, an addiction specialist. In short, you want to get professional opinions on what kind of program would be best for the addicted person to provide the most thorough level of care. However, this isn’t something that you should handle and then present the “end results” to the potential patient: instead, you should work alongside them to help reach a healthy end goal that works best for everyone.
Be honest and straightforward whenever possible and invite the same from your loved one. The best way to proceed is with an understanding of clear communication and mutual support. If you know someone who could benefit from professional support for addiction, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]