Seeing a loved one struggle with addiction can be painful. Whether a spouse, child, parent or other family member, is the one addicted, it can leave us frustrated, angry, ashamed, frightened, worried, overwhelmed, and yet utterly helpless. Perhaps you have tried to talk–or even threaten–them into seeking professional help, but nothing seemed to stop them from using.
Although seeking addiction treatment can be difficult, especially for your loved one to participate in it voluntarily, there are many things that you can do to help them be on the road to recovery. Here are some of them:
- Consult with a professional. You may have most likely tried many different approaches to your loved one to encourage them to stop using and seek help. At times, reasoning with them can even draw them further away from you. Besides, reasoning with them may not really work because of the effects of their drug or alcohol addiction. Oftentimes, they are also in denial, and this whole situation can leave you overwhelmed. Therefore, it is best to seek help by talking with someone who is not only experienced, but also a professional and can look at the situation objectively. If you need help with this, call or text our team of addiction rehab specialists at +63 915 645 2703 / +63 917 509 8826. We are available 24/7 to answer everything you need to know about addiction, alcoholism, intervention, rehabilitation, and recovery.
- Try intervention. An intervention can help put your loved ones in a place where they have an idea of what their addiction does to them, and to your family. Discuss with us or with your family and support system how you can make an intervention happen. You can also hire a professional interventionist to handle it, especially if your loved ones can become violent or may have mental or behavioral disorders. During the intervention, speak to them calmly and clearly about the consequences of their actions and what will happen if they keep refusing to get help. A well-planned and well-executed intervention can even successfully lead them to eventually seek professional help.
- Inform and encourage them about their treatment options. You may have heard from them many times that they don’t need professional help and that they can stop anytime they want. However, you know that nothing is changing and they are still using. However, detoxification alone can be life-threatening and professional help is needed so they must be informed of these, as well as all other treatment options: detox, counseling, in-patient, outpatient, and others, depending on the facility or program. At Bridges of Hope, we offer plenty of treatment options in our two facilities in Paranaque City and Quezon City. If you are not sure which treatment is best for them, give us a call and we are happy to answer all questions you may have.
- Take care of yourself and seek your own support group. No one else can understand the things that you are going through–unless they have been through it as well. Find yourself a support group, whether it is your own family and friends, as well as others who have gone through what you are experiencing. Addiction does not only affect the addicts–it also leaves scars along the way in their families. At Bridges of Hope, we believe that recovery can also be possible and sustained when problems in the family are also discussed and patched up through family and marriage counseling. We believe that all aspects of an individual’s life must be made healthy again through our therapeutic community approach that gives recovering addict a better change at handling not only their addictions and cravings, but also all the things that will come at them in life.
- Remember that you don’t have to go through this alone. We are here to listen and help. Living with someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can be very difficult but it can always get better. With the right treatment, your loved ones can definitely recover from this destructive disease.
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