How can you help an addict?

Committing to a rehabilitation programme is a difficult step for anyone. If you have acknowledged you have a problem - or your relationship with alcohol/drugs is impacting your life in negative ways, you have made the first step towards getting better.

Helping a friend or family member with an alcohol or drug problem

As a free independent guide, Executive Rehab Guide provides people suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, who have turned to substances to cope with essential advice and support.

In England, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers (2017/18), of whom 82% are not accessing treatment.

We will be able to help you get immediately admitted into a selection of highly-esteemed rehabs with strong reputations of success.

Call 0808 274 6351 to get help today.

Helping your loved one when they cannot help themselves

The longer a substance dependency continues, the harder it can be for individuals to break free from their attachments.

Additionally, if someone is consuming alcohol more often than is deemed healthy, they will develop a tolerance to its effects, so will need to consume more and more to experience the desired effects.

How do I know if they have a problem?

If you have noticed changes in your loved one’s behaviour over the past few weeks, months, or years, and you think it could be down to an alcohol or drug problem, it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to decide how to best address the situation.

If you have previously expressed concern, and the person refuses to acknowledge their problem, then some ways you can reframe the conversation are:

  • Offer highlight specific instances where their behaviour (or your relationship) has been negatively affected by drugs or alcohol. If this has happened on more than one occasion, it can help show the individual how their actions are affecting others and encourage them to seek help.
  • Provide facts, figures and statistics to show that the amount of alcohol they are consuming is not normal, but also to show that substance addiction is extremely common, and remind them that they are not alone. See: Drink Aware for more information on “healthy” alcohol consumption and click here for additional facts and figures regarding addiction across the UK.
  • Stress to this person that you are raising these issues because you care about them and their wellbeing. Repeat that addiction is an illness, and just like any other illness – they need help and support to overcome this.

What are the benefits of identifying the problem early?

The treatment centres we can connect you to do not have long waiting lists and there will be no delays between admission and treatment.Through the media’s misinformed representation of addiction and mental illness, we are used to seeing the stereotypical alcoholic who has “hit rock bottom” in films and television.

However, the truth is that many high-functioning, successful professionals are grappling with substance dependency in their everyday.

The main benefit of early identification is that it allows you to target addiction before traumatic events such as family or relationship breakdowns or health/work-related issues.

How do I raise the conversation with my loved one?

People are often nervous about these conversations due to the fear that the other person will become defensive or upset.

Although this may occur and is something you should be prepared for, there are some steps to make the conversation as easy as possible:

  • Choose the right time and environment: in private, at home, when the person has not consumed alcohol and is somewhat relaxed.
  • Educate yourself: make sure you know the facts and have done enough research so that you can back up your points if the person becomes defensive.
  • List the behaviours you’ve observed: state that you are worried about the effect drinking or drug use is having and express concern about continued use.
  • Be patient: they may choose denial initially. Although you can highlight to the person your views, you cannot force them to change if they do not want to.

View more: Convincing a loved one that rehab is the best option

What kind of treatment is available?

There are many different ways to treat substance dependency.

Usually, people benefit most from a combination of several methods.

However, one method could be a stepping stone to the next e.g. your loved one may initially feel nervous about group therapy.

But after attending one-on-one therapy, they might become more comfortable and therefore more willing to try different options.

Other treatment methods are:

  • The 12 step programme
  • Detoxification
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • EDMR therapy
  • PTSD therapy
  • Art/music therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Mindfulness, mediation and fitness
  • Family therapy

See: Outpatient vs Inpatient Treatments and NHS vs private

How do I show them they need treatment?

The Castle Craig Executive Programme offers an intensive rehab treatment plan with added wellness activities for clients.Unfortunately, you cannot convince your loved one that rehabilitation is the best thing for them if they are not themselves committed to the decision, or at least willing to try.

However, you can make things as easy as possible by doing the necessary research so that you can suggest resources for your loved one and potential treatment options.

How important is the family’s role in drug or alcohol addiction treatment?

Since the experience of addiction can often be extremely isolating, it is important that the individual’s family understand as much as possible about the situation in order to provide the best support they can. See: Help for family.

Additionally, relationships are often the first thing to be affected when someone is dealing with addiction, so they may need to take the time to rebuild damaged relationships, post-rehab.

Castle Craig Hospital provides family therapy (amongst several other therapy methods).

The family therapy programme helps patients and families to reconnect and share their feelings of shame, hurt and anger.

It helps them to communicate again and to rebuild damaged relationships

The facility aims to:

  • Educate the family about the disease of addiction, and help them to understand the behaviours of the addict.
  • Guide the family to cope with the problem.
  • Support and assist family members in rebuilding their lives.

Treatment works

Committing to a rehabilitation programme is a difficult step for anyone.

If you have acknowledged you have a problem – or your relationship with alcohol/drugs is impacting your life in negative ways, you have made the first step towards getting better.

Although there are many treatment centres across the UK, not every facility is prioritising patient care over profit. This is why you must be confident about your choice of facility.

Book a free assessment.

Still unsure about how to move forward?

If you have read these tips and you are still struggling with how to talk to a loved one, or would like to know more about inpatient rehab, contact Castle Craig:

24 Hour Helpline on 0808 231 1219

International calls +441721788001

Email: info@castlecraig.co.uk.


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