When someone you love has been struggling with addiction, it can be incredibly hard to know what to say to them. For many, it may feel like if you say the wrong thing, they’ll only retreat further into the addiction, making everything worse. While there’s no one right way to go about things, many methods have been proven to be more successful than others. These are some ideas that the pros at our addiction treatment program in Los Angeles have found can help addicts to find their way to a center like ours.
Make an Effort
If you were walking down the street, and you came upon someone who was grievously wounded, you’d call 911. You might not even think about it, you’d just do it instinctively. That’s a very human response when you come across someone in dire need of help. Often, when we see someone we care about deeply struggling with addiction, there can be a feeling of “eh, the last thing I would want is someone telling me what I should and shouldn’t do, so I don’t want to do that to them.” While there’s no guarantee that your efforts will be successful, it’s a good idea to at least say something, anything.
Don’t Worry that it Will Ruin Your Relationship
In this context, we mean “relationship” as either a romantic or platonic one. It’s natural to worry that: “if I say that they have a problem, they might not want to be around me anymore.” That’s natural and human, but it’s rarely the case. From years of watching TV shows and movies, we’re all conditioned to talk to someone with an addiction and have them storm away in a huff. However, often, the opposite can occur. They might have wanted someone to reach out and ask about them. There’s no guarantee, of course, but it could strengthen the relationship.
Truth, Not Exaggerations
This is one of the most critical things to keep in mind when talking to someone you care about who may have an addiction. If you come in with a lot of judgements and condemnations, it’s unlikely that it will be a positive experience for either of you. However, if you keep a laser-like focus on their behavior, as well as the consequences of their addiction, you may be able to turn them around. Even if it doesn’t work, that’s the best, most proven ways to go about this.
Carus Recovery Addiction Treatment Program in Los Angeles
Of course, talking to someone about their addiction is the first step towards getting them help. The next step is to either get them to go to (or go yourself) to our addiction treatment program. Here, we can put together an individualized treatment plan. That way, you or someone you care about get the treatment that you need to not just overcome your addiction, but the underlying issues that are causing it as well. For more info, message us through our site or call (888) 616-9065.