Dealing with a loved one’s addiction

There is no definite idea of what to expect with every person who is struggling with an addiction.

However, there are things that it could help to be aware of.

Dealing with a loved one’s addiction is something that can be time-consuming and emotionally challenging, but there is support available for you as well as your loved one.

Accessing emergency care

If your loved one is putting them at a greater risk of harming themselves or other people, you must know the best way to access emergency care for them.

Various clinics across the UK have an emergency detox programme, as well as admitting someone on the grounds of their mental health.

However, if clinics may not be an option, the best thing to do would be to call 999 if someone needs urgent help after taking drugs or drinking large amounts of alcohol.

Don’t enable their addiction

People may think the best thing to do is to ignore the issue and hope it will go away.

That is not how it works with addiction.

Addictions can worsen if they are not treated!

If you want to help your loved one with their addiction, you need to be sure you are not enabling their addiction and also providing them with positive support that will make them want to get help.

However, you should not say or do things that could result in them delaying getting help.

  • Don’t threaten them if they do not agree to get help.
  • Don’t expect instant progress to be made.
  • Don’t criticise their progress or the time when they start to get help.

Encouraging them to get professional support

Frank has information about everything from rehab to a treatment assessment that is available in your local area.

Some people may be more hesitant to get professional help for their addiction.

You may not know the best way to encourage them to attend from the beginning, but they should know that there is professional help for them.

Going to a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous will provide them with an environment where they can talk to people who are understanding of their situation.

The NHS website has free information and resources regarding getting help for drug addiction and alcoholism.

If your loved one is struggling and needs help, there are other organisations to contact that are committed to helping drug and alcohol addicts live a sober life.

Other links

If you want to contact us regarding any more information you require about help for a loved one’s addiction, please do not hesitate to get in touch.