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What Do I do If My Loved One Won’t Quit Addiction?

What Do I do If My Loved One Won’t Quit Addiction?

Most people who struggle with addiction cannot imagine a life without the use of drugs or alcohol. It is painful for family members and loved ones to watch a downward spiral happen and not know how to help that person navigate the pending destruction. Loved ones will not quit addiction without the right tools and support. The following tips and tools are a great starting point to enter into this conversation and create a pathway to recovery.

How to Help

When a loved one is stuck in the throes of addiction, the person may have experienced all the mental and physical consequences of withdrawal and turned right back to the false comfort of substance abuse. When trying to stop using drugs or alcohol, perhaps they suffered withdrawal and negative consequences, before turning right back into the arms of substances to alleviate their suffering. Left untreated, things will probably only get worse until the person is ready to admit their need for help and seek a better way forward. That is where loved ones come into the picture.

Moving Forward

Addiction is a lifelong disease that does not just go away. It cannot be cured or controlled. Not everyone suffers from addiction the same way. In order to address addiction, a treatment plan needs to be developed that is unique and tailored to meet their needs. When drugs and alcohol enter the picture, it becomes a way of life. People most likely will not stop on their own for many reasons. From hallucinations to nausea, tremors to sweating, withdrawal can create medical problems and staff at a facility can help navigate it safely. The best thing for family to do is intervene on the loved one’s behalf and try to seek out treatment options best suited for their loved one.

Get Educated

It is not easy for a loved one to stop using drugs and alcohol. It is not easy to get that person to agree to treatment, either. While a person should educate themselves on addiction, they should also become informed about all of the options available to them and their loved ones. Going online for information is a good place to start. There is no guidebook for navigating the complexity of addiction. Find a professional that will help draw up a plan, including an addiction specialist, that supports their needs with helpful information and resources. Other ways to help include:

  • Planning an intervention with the right team helping put it together to be successful
  • Finding counselors who work with mental health and addictions issues to support the family and the loved one with addiction
  • Enforce healthy boundaries between family and the loved one
  • Remember nobody else can make a loved one become sober–it is their choice

Letting the onus be on a loved one people believe to be out of control in their lives is the hardest thing to witness. However, this is ultimately the only thing family can do in this situation. While not sitting back and watching as families try everything they can, it always comes down to whether the person is willing to stop what they are doing and head a different way. There is no other way to navigate addiction and recovery.

Serenity comes alongside families and individuals struggling with the hard realities of addiction. We will help you put together a detox and rehab program that suits your loved one’s needs. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401