There isn’t a rule book on how to handle approaching a loved one about their addiction. They didn’t teach this type of thing in school and there are certainly no catchy acronyms that would help you through the process, like how ‘Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally’ helped all of us through math when we were younger. The amazing thing about recovery from addiction is it allows us to learn from those who went through hell in hopes that we can evolve and do things better; with more compassion and understanding. While no one should ever have to go through something like watching their loved one suffer from addiction, the truth is millions of Americans experience this every day. Since we can’t eradicate addiction at this moment, all we can do is hope to help and educate as many people as we are able.
All of the following tips about the Dos and Don’ts for approaching your loved one about their addiction came from people who went through the process. These are from the people who suffered first-hand, who had families and friends that cared enough to risk their relationships in order to save the lives of their loved ones. This isn’t a seamless process. Our goal is to hopefully help you have a better approach with your loved one, which will lead to a healthier outcome.
Being aware of the dos and don’ts should help you plan your approach to speak with your loved one about their substance use. If you need further help, our supportive e-books may offer additional suggestions you can use.
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