If you suspect your loved one has been struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to determine how exactly you want to approach speaking to them about it. After all, you don't want to seem judgmental, but you do want them to understand that you have noticed a problem and want to get them the help they need.
When it comes to determining what questions to ask in order to have a successful and productive conversation, here are some starting off points.
What Symptoms Do I See?
It's important to have concrete reasons as to why you think someone you love may have a substance abuse problem. By recognizing the common symptoms that are associated with addiction, you'll be able to properly assess if what you're seeing is really addiction before you approach your loved one. This can include changes in:
Am I Aware of the Reason They May Be Using Drugs and Alcohol?
Very few people, if any, make a conscious choice to develop a substance abuse problem. Oftentimes, they turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with emotional or physical issues within their lives, such as a painful injury or anxiety.
What Can I Do to Help?
By being willing to speak to your loved one about your concerns, you are already taking the right step in helping them. You also can start devising a plan of when and where you want to speak with them as well as whom else may join the conversation — the right setting and company can make all the difference.
Ask Your Loved One
Have You Felt Like You are Struggling?
Since everyone is different, your loved one may or may not realize they have a problem. Rather than outwardly say that you feel that they do, ask them if they are aware of their own struggle, and if so, what they think may have caused it.
Have You Considered Seeking Treatment?
Addiction takes a heavy toll on a person, so, even if they would like to seek treatment, they may not know where to begin or how to do so. Assure them that you are there to support them and will help them find an addiction treatment program to suit their needs.
The team at Silvermist Recovery Center is committed to providing our clients with the best possible chance of long-lasting recovery through a highly individualized and progressive approach to substance abuse treatment. We’ve developed a distinctive, person-centered recovery approach that addresses not only the dependency but the life occurrences that often contribute to addiction or prevent you from changing.
If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, we invite you to contact us 24/7 to speak with one of our intake specialists.