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Tread Carefully: Helping a Friend Through the Murky World of Addiction


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Addiction is such a complex problem to deal with. And when you’re not an addict yourself it can be even more confusing and upsetting. There are substances in the world that people might get addicted to. Alcohol and drugs are often the most common, and these are what you need to deal with because they can be so destructive.

Now, you might not be suffering from addiction yourself, but you might be friends with someone who is. This can be a very trying time for you as a friend, so you need to try to look at how you can help. Check out this guide to helping a friend battle addiction. It’s vital to do what you can to look after your friend, and help them to get sober.

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Look for Ways to Help Them

When you have a friend who’s battling addiction you need to come up with your own ways to help them. They are going to be going through a rough time trying to get clean. And, as someone who cares about them you should try to help them as much as you can. There are many ways you can help your friends battle through their addiction. First up you should check out Rehab Center Reviews to see which ones would be the best. There are other options as well, such as sorting out an intervention. You need to assess the personality of your friend and figure out the best process to help them through this tough time.

Try to Speak to Them

Communication is the key to friendship, and that’s why you’ve got to talk. Your friend will be going through a rough experience, and they might just need someone to talk to. They will have experienced plenty of people talking down to them and having a go at them. And now is the time for someone to speak to them properly. Get them to share how they are feeling, and to admit that they have a problem. These are vital first steps on the road to recovery, and will work out much better than constantly berating.

Intervention

One of the most important things you should do as a friend is to organise an intervention. If your friend’s drinking or drug taking has spiralled out of control, the issue needs to be dealt with. When you arrange an intervention, the idea is to get the person’s friends and family together in one place. That way you can all band together and talk to them about the problem. Each person can say how they feel about the addiction, and how it’s affecting their lives. How successful an intervention is will largely depend upon the individual it’s for. However, they are worth attempting as they can have a profound effect if they do work.

Pick Your Moments

You need to give some thought to the right kind of moment to broach this topic. Of course, when it comes to addiction there is no ideal time. But some occasions might be worse than others. If there is a particularly difficult time happening maybe you need to consider holding off a bit. But, the fact is that there will always be something that can be used as an excuse. So, in reality, the right time is whenever they need help. Make sure you’re not afraid to approach your friend and arrange an intervention. Have the courage of your convictions, and follow through.

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Shock Tactics

A lot of the time you might be trying to talk to them, but the message just isn’t getting across. That’s when you’re going to need to get creative and employ shock tactics. You could monitor their behaviour, and maybe even record it, so they know how bad they’ve become. There are other examples, and addicts you might encounter on the street who you can use as examples. Shock tactics can come in very handy when you’re looking to cause a reaction.

Tough Love

Sometimes you might even have to employ the tough love approach. You will find occasions when the techniques you’ve tried to help your friend will prove unsuccessful. In this instance, desperate times will call for desperate measures. You might need to start taking a cruel to be kind approach. Make it clear to your friend that they need to address their problems and get help if they want to remain friends with you. You could even consider refusing to spend time with them until they get help.

Everyone knows how unpleasant and painful it can be when you’re trying to battle addiction. Going through addiction is a terrible process. But being the friend of an addict is almost as bad. You get a different perspective and angle on the issue of addiction. Watching someone you love destroying themselves can be heart-wrenching. So, in your capacity as a friend, you need to try to help them.

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