When someone is dealing with a friend or loved one who has an addiction problem, he or she should talk to someone safe. It is equally important that they avoid dangerous situations and self blame. They can share their concerns with their loved one, offering him or her support without judgment, but should keep in mind that addicts may continue to deny or minimize their problems. Threats, bribes, and preaching are not helpful. He or she should steer clear of emotional appeals which may increase an addict’s guilt and compulsion to use. Taking on the addict’s responsibilities or bailing them out may decrease their sense of worth and dignity, furthering their shame and self-contempt. If someone is under the influence, they should refuse to argue with them.
We are trained in professional interventions for those resistant to receiving treatment. Additionally, we are here to support and encourage you during this process.