My Loved One Struggles with Drug Addiction
Drug addiction can have a corrosive impact on all aspects of an individual’s life—not just mental and physical health, but also relationships, career, and personal finances. Your loved one’s struggle with drug addiction is serious, but that doesn’t mean it has to be permanent. Recovery is always attainable, and you can play a role in encouraging your loved one to seek the necessary care.
Signs of Drug Addiction
You may be unsure whether your loved one is truly struggling with drug addiction. Drug addiction can vary from one individual to another, and the signs and symptoms are not always the same, but there are a few things that usually give it away:
- Loss of focus
- Lack of interest in things that once brought pleasure or happiness
- Withdrawal from relationships
- Negligence of work, school, or family responsibilities
- Mounting legal or financial problems
- Lying or stealing in order to obtain more drugs
If you witness any of these signs, it may be a real indicator that your loved one has a problem with drug addiction, and needs help.
Helping Someone with Drug Addiction
You can never force anyone to seek help—but what you can do is let them know that you are worried. Make sure you avoid making accusatory statements. Instead, come from a place of personal understanding, concern, and care. “I’m really worried about you and just want to see you get the help you need” is a great sentiment. Also make it clear that you are going to keep loving and supporting and encouraging the individual no matter what, and that if they do seek recovery, they can count on you to walk through it with them.
How to Get Help for a Drug Addict
Something else you can do: Call us at Get Real Recovery. We are always prepared to speak with family members or concerned loved ones, and to answer any questions you may have about addiction, treatment, or recovery. We can help you determine the best course of action for guiding your loved one toward treatment.
Additionally, encourage your loved one to call us—and to take the first big step toward a life of wholeness and healing. Get Real Recovery is always available to help.