What Can You Do For a Loved One Who is Addicted?

How to Help an Addicted Loved One | Alcohol Drug Rehab, Baton Rouge, LA

It doesn’t matter whether you have suspected for some time, or have just become aware of your loved one’s addiction, the fact is it’s always going to feel like a blow that will knock you off your feet. At first, you might feel anger and pain, but once you have assimilated what is going on, you will want to know how to get help.

While Alcohol and drug addiction are difficult to face, and mostly require the addict to recognize and admit to having a problem before being able to become rehabilitated, there are certain steps you can take to help him or her decide to return to a healthy lifestyle. So, let’s get to it, because getting help should never have to wait.

Educate Yourself

The first step you can take in your journey against your loved one’s addiction is to learn everything you can about the enemy at hand. The entire process is going to be an uphill battle, it is going to be a difficult walk, which is why education is so important. Learning about the drug itself is perhaps the largest portion of your fight, but knowledge about inpatient and outpatient treatment methods and intervention services is no less important.

In many cases, if not the great majority, an addict will refuse to get treatment on his own. It is here when an intervention can be of use, but for it to work properly in achieving your goal, it is best if you seek the assistance of professionals to act as mediators and knowledgeable third parties.

If you need intervention services, or wish to learn how an intervention works, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Take Care of Yourself First

As mentioned above, you are about to fight the most difficult battle in your life, that of helping your loved one recover from addiction. It is going to take every ounce of energy you can muster, and that is exactly why you must take care of yourself before anything or anybody else. Eating well, getting a good amount of rest, recognizing you are going through a process similar to grieving, dealing with the pain and anger by talking to those who have been there before you, and realizing that not everybody in your immediate circle might feel the same as you.

One thing you have to know is that you are not alone and this is not a burden you should carry on your own. Talking to somebody about what you are going through, be it a therapist or just a friend, will help you gain the perspective you need to continue in the right direction. It can also prepare you for what to expect in the future and how treatment will affect your loved one. Knowledge and preparedness are key in the fight against addiction, so never hesitate to seek out somebody who can help you gain both.

If you are in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area and are in need of direction in how to help yourself so you can help your loved one, give us a call. We can point you in the right direction.

 

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