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Helping An Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help


When A Loved One Doesn’t Want To Get Help

Watching a loved one suffer from substance addiction is extremely difficult, even more so when they refuse the help they need to overcome their addiction. When an addict refuses treatment, the results can be disastrous to everyone surrounding them.

Although the situation may seem hopeless, there are various ways you can help them navigate to the path of sobriety.

Educate Yourself About Addiction

Before approaching your addicted love one, you may need to take the time to gain more insight and knowledge on what addiction and the recovery process entails. When you understand the situation fully, then only will you be able to provide the level of support they need and then you can also establish your role in their recovery process.

Establishing Limits & Following Through With Consequences

It’s common for loved one’s to get caught up in the chaos caused by addicts circumstances. It’s extremely important to set up and enforce boundaries and limits. Establishing boundaries allows you to take more control over the situation and your life. When healthy boundaries are established, relationships can become balanced and it also helps gain insight into goals.

It may be difficult to take a step back, but when these boundaries are enforced, the addict will be faced with the consequences of their actions.

Don’t Be An Enabler

When a loved one enables an addict, they unknowingly encourage toxic behaviour which prolongs the addiction. Enabling often means responsibility shifts away from the addict, onto their loved one. For example, financially supporting an addict or justifying their actions are enabling habits, which are only harmful to both the addict and loved one as the addiction ultimately progresses.

Signs of enabling:
• Trivializing bad behaviour
• Financially support the addict
• Take the blame for their actions
• Make excuses for the addict & justify their actions
• Finding it difficult to say no to the addict

Practice Self-Care

At the end of the day, loved ones can only offer their support to an addict, but the choice to seek treatment is ultimately up to them and out of your control. However, what you can control is resuming your own life and taking care of your own mental health.

It may be beneficial for you to also seek counselling or joining self-help groups. Addressing your own thoughts and feelings during this time will help provide you with the tools to navigate through this process successfully.

Help for Substance Addiction

Addiction Recovery Centre focuses on individualised programmes for the treatment of both psychiatric disorders and substance dependences.

Our approach is pivoted on a holistic approach, focused on:

• Treating substance dependence and psychiatric disorders.

• Individual counselling

• Group therapy

• Out-patient

• Halfway house & assisted living programmes for a lasting recovery

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