How to Help a Drug Addict?
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If you have been supporting an addict, then you have our complete respect. It is a tough, thankless job – but you feel that if you don’t do it, they will die without you. Sometimes you aren’t wrong about that, either. The burden of being responsible for another person’s life should belong only to the mother and father of a child… but sadly, some of our life paths don’t work out how we would like them to.
So, after potentially years of supporting your loved one through drug abuse or drug dependency, you finally decided to get help?
That’s wonderful news and we are with you, every step of the way. If you are wondering how to help someone you loved to get off drugs, then Verve Health are exactly the correct organisation to advise you. We have ample therapies and therapists, access to psychologists, workshops, and prevention programs, all aimed at getting your friend or family member off drugs for good.
How to Help a Drug Addict: A Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1 – Talk about it
The first step is simple. If you believe your friend, family member, Significant Other, or otherwise loved one in your life, is using drugs too heavily; have a chat about it. It’s a difficult position to be in, yes, but if you never voice your objections, the person might never even know you were concerned.
Those that have already tried this, feel free to skip this step. Otherwise, we are going to discuss the importance of an open line of communication.
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How to Talk to your Loved One About their Drug Addiction?
Those struggling with wondering how to talk to their loved one about their drug use should follow this advice.
Starting a conversation about drug use is as easy as asking if there is anything, they would like to tell you about using drugs. If they have been addicted for a long time, the chances are that they know themselves they are at risk. If this is the case, ascertain how much they use and how often. Keep in mind that they will likely lie out of imagined shame.
If your loved one does not volunteer the information, you should tell them that you think they are using too much and ask them to consider getting help. It might be that they don’t want to hear this from you, it might be that the addict in your life listens to you. Whatever happens, you should be prepared. If they don’t want to hear that you are concerned that they are abusing drugs, they may take this out on you in angry form.
Once you have initiated the conversation, encourage your loved one to be truthful and establish that they will have your support, no matter what. If you can preserve communications, you can preserve your relationship. Unfortunately, if you aren’t willing to risk the anger of your loved one, you probably shouldn’t be the one to talk to them in this. Without the possibility of a furious reaction, there is no possibility of getting them help.
Step 2 – How to do an Intervention?
Sometimes, there isn’t any way you can talk to the person you love without risking their wrath. If you are concerned this will happen to you, and you can’t talk about it with them – or even if you have already spoken to them but they have relapsed, an intervention is step 2.
Staging an intervention means bringing together all of the people who care about them most. These people can all take turns to tell them what they are feeling, and to reinforce the fact that you are all worried about their drug use. When you are an addict, you sometimes don’t recognise it within yourself. If everyone you love is telling you that you are in danger due to your addiction, there is little you can do to deny the facts.
The idea of the intervention for drug addicts, users, or budding addicts, is that they can no longer deny their issues. This forces everything out into the open, allowing you to let them know that you are aware of the problem, and that you are willing to tackle the problem with them.
At this point, you should see the relationship as a blank, clean slate. Encourage your loved one to talk to you about any and all drug-related things in their life. Letting them know that you don’t judge them, that they have your support, and that you aren’t going to abandon them, will work wonders towards keeping those all-important lines of communication open. You will be ready to move on to the final step, once this is done.
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Step 3 – Getting Help
If you live in England or Wales and you have a drug addiction, you can get help on the NHS. The problem with this is that NHS rehab clinics have long waiting lists, and when you finally decide to quit taking drugs, you want to do it there and then… not in six months’ time. Similarly, therapies and counsellors will be limited, as will treatment options and programs.
To get help for drug addictions for those that you love, you need to get in touch with a specialist rehab service, much like ours. Rehab can be expensive in the UK, but we work to keep costs as low as possible, while still providing the high quality feel we all expect. Celebrity rehab stints, media coverage, and glamourisation of the addict’s lifestyle, have all led us to have elaborate ideas about rehab services in the UK. With Verve Health, you will find we live up to this expectation and you won’t be disappointed.
When your loved one is ready to get help for addiction in England, have them call us. We offer our deluxe rehab and drug detox clinics in different areas of England. If you live in the Norfolk, Suffolk, or Cambridgeshire areas, we have a centre near you. Get your loved one off drugs for good, forever, by calling Verve Health, on 0203 955 7703. Our specialists will advise your loved one on what to do next.
How Do you Support Someone Suffering From Drug Addiction?
Even if your loved one reaches out to get help, you will still need to support them through the recovery process. This might mean helping them pay treatment costs, encouraging them to eat or sleep when they emerge from rehab, or being the loving voice at the other end of the phone while they go through the gruelling process of drug detox.
If your loved one has had a dual diagnosis, the level of support expected of you will probably increase. They will have to be treated twice, dealing with one condition before the other. Everything will be made worse by a mental health condition, or other illness, while your loved one gets themselves off drugs.
Verve Health recognise that supporting, comforting, and loving, an addict is a hard, draining process. We offer family programs specifically to help mend some of the wounds that addiction causes. Without your love and support, know that your loved one would find addiction recovery in the UK 100% harder than they will with you at their side. Your support makes a huge difference to them, even if they don’t know it themselves yet, or if they don’t have the ability to express it.
As we said before, it takes a special type of person to be able to support a loved one through addiction. It is a long, challenging process, that can be made easier only with the help of as many trained professionals as you have access to. This is why it is so important to get as good a support network around your loved one as possible. Studies show a direct correlation between support systems and successful recoveries. You are just as much a part of the healing process as medical help, good therapy, and a psychiatric consultation are.
To support someone recovering from addiction, you will likely have to be a voice at the end of the phone for the period of time they are in rehab. This could be anything from a single week up to three months. However long it is, when your loved one emerges, they will need all the help they can get not to turn back to past habits. Be a positive influence in their life and we can guarantee that they will never forget you. After all, you were there for them when they needed it most.
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Who Do I Call for Addiction Help and Rehab Advice in the UK?
When you find yourself in need of intervention advice, or when you feel that caring for your loved one with an addiction or substance abuse problem is becoming too much, we are here to help. Contact us now, on 0203 955 7703 to talk to one of our skilled advisors about your options.
Our aim is to make recovery from addiction a real possibility for those looking for a lifeline. We are able to give you access to a range of workshops, therapies, consultations, and medical advice, all of which is geared towards getting you or your loved one off drugs for good. We want you to be able to quit abusing drugs, get out of that addictive cycle, and get back to your old self again.
All we need for that to happen, is for you to call us. Our stylish rooms are waiting to welcome you. All it takes is for you to take that first step.