How To Support Someone With Addiction

Addiction Helping a loved one during a time of need is a thing we all should be prepared to do. Everyone has their shortcomings, and it is during the hardest periods in their life’s that people usually need the most support. Researchers have been at the puzzle of solving this disorder for over a hundred years, and it’s known that humanity has struggled with this kind of behavior for many millennia.

 

That’s why it’s crucial to learn from experiences, other people included. The affected person has to know that they are not alone in their struggle and that many have overcome the same problems. If you know someone who is currently battling addiction, you can definitely help, but you have to be careful with your approach to not make things worse.

A paramount aspect of helping someone is them acknowledging that they would indeed benefit from your intervention. Many people are reluctant to accept help, for a multitude of reasons. If an addict rejects your supportive efforts, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing something from, or that they don’t need your help. The person just might not be ready right now. You can still offer comfort in a way that would be beneficial and desired by them, such as simply listening or relating to their experience.

Cover The Basics

If the person with the addiction doesn’t have a solid foundation of habits while tackling this disorder, it will be beneficial if they get some structure into their life. The majority of benefits can be derived from a few simple steps: a consistent sleeping schedule, habitual work time, regular dietary patterns (meal times). Do you notice the keyword here? It’s consistency and habits.

The actions the person performs every day, all the time, are the most important ones. After all, addiction is in some sense a habit: except that it’s a bad one. The individual may start out with a more gradual behavior or dosage, such as once a week or even less, but over time turns into a daily or frequent disaster that severely affects their life. That’s why it’s crucial to prevent it from developing further, and why even small steps can play a big role.

Helping compulsive behavior is not easy, but it is possible. Modern medicine has settled psychological consultation as the most effective kind of treatment. If it’s possible, seeing a doctor or a specialist will be highly beneficial, but if not, you can try using their techniques on your own. Frequently called CBT (short for cognitive-behavioral therapy), this is the preferred technique, and for a good reason. It can help the individual get themselves together quickly and with a high success rate. It takes fewer sessions and yet can do wonders compared to other methods.

Talking With A Friend

A dear friend of mine, Talut, has recently opened up about struggling with gambling addiction in the past. We exchanged a lot of ideas on the topic, many of which were already discussed in this post. He said that undoubtedly, the most important things he did were seek help from his family, and be active in his approach to heal the addiction. 

He read a lot of information online, including a local blog called egyptgamblingtheraphy.com. Everyone relates more to their native language, but he said that the articles there would help absolutely anyone. If you decide to check it out, it’s an easy translation with a few clicks in your browser. Here is how to do it with any website.

And while we only spoke of it once he got it under control, he did experience relief and felt the guilt fall off once he was open about it with his most close relatives. If anyone ever approached him, Talut would be glad to offer all of his insight and provide all the mentorship and support he could. That applies to many past addicts, as well as many other people because everyone deals with a similar situation at least a few times in their lifetime. His most important message is: don’t be afraid to seek a helping hand and be humble enough to accept it.

Do Not Rush It

For everyone, it’s different. One person you know can take only a month or a few to recover, and other years in the process. The most important thing for someone struggling with addiction is accepting the situation they are in, and a strong desire to get out of it. If the will is there, and they push hard enough, they will get better with time.

 

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