When you discover a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, the first thing you want to do is get them some help. Seems rational, right? Most often, however, it isn’t that easy. Denial is a big part of addiction. “I don’t have a problem,” may be the reply to every attempt at a conversation, and even after the problem is acknowledged, the person struggling may believe they can quit on their own, any time they want to.
The truth is, addiction is just as much of a lesson in powerlessness for loved ones as it is for the person in active addiction. We quickly discover that it’s not really up to us when our loved one goes to rehab. Getting help is a personal crossroad and everyone gets there “when they do.”
Signs They’re Ready to Talk
When your loved one is ready to break free of alcohol and drug addiction, he or she might start reaching out for help. Make sure you’re available and be aware of signs or life events that tell you they may be ready to talk.
Signs They Might Be Ready for Drug Addiction Treatment
- Driving Under the Influence- Maybe your friend or loved one has had a run in with the law. Maybe they’ve been caught with an illegal substance in their possession or driving impaired. Maybe they parked their car in the front lawn last weekend and you found them sleeping on the front seat. Regardless of the circumstances, if they have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, this could open the door to a serious conversation where you introduce the idea that they may need help.
- Their Drinking or Drug Use is Causing Health Problems- They might have contracted a disease, find out they have liver damage or start to experience signs of memory loss. Any type of complaining can open the door to a conversation.
- They Experience Withdrawal Symptoms – Withdrawal symptoms can be painful and in certain cases, even deadly. If your friend or loved one is missing out on work, looking ill, physically shaking or showing signs of withdrawal, talk to them about addiction treatment.
Emotional Signs They’re Ready for Drug Addiction Treatment
Every person is different, but if your friend or loved one is expressing remorse, shame, fear of the future, crying spells, or desperation, they may be ready to talk about treatment.
How to Initiate the Conversation about Addiction Treatment
If you notice a few signs that might indicate your loved one might be ready to talk about drug addiction treatment, make sure you’re prepared. Come with resources and information but allow them space so they don’t feel trapped. It rarely works to threaten or provide ultimatums. Your loved one already feels helpless and lost in the bondage of addiction. Give them support and encouragement to make the right choice.
It’s a good idea to call a representative from Gracious Care Recovery Solutions, like Robin Bright, Mike Way, or Caleigh Cummins to answer your questions ahead of time and walk you through some of the scenarios that might occur and how to handle them.
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