10 Tips for Confronting an Addict

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10 Tips for Confronting an Addict 2017-04-28T12:38:26+00:00

It’s devastating to watch someone you care about struggle with addiction. This disease can impact every aspect of an individual’s life, from their physical health to their job to their relationships. Convincing someone you care about to get help at an accredited rehab may feel like an uphill battle, but with careful planning, you can play an instrumental part in getting your loved one the care they need to achieve long-lasting sobriety. A few basic rules and guidelines can help you plan what to say to your loved one and how to approach them in a way that will convince them to seek professional help for their addiction. These tips can help you have confidence when confronting an alcoholic or addict.

  1. Be Prepared. A successful intervention is one that is well-planned. Before you begin the intervention, you should define why you are confronting you loved one’s behavior and in what ways it’s causing problems. You should also make sure to educate yourself on addiction so that you can have an informed conversation. You can even write yourself a basic script to follow that will help you prepare what you want to say. Also, now is the time to contact WhiteSands Tampa Treatment Center to make arrangements for their care: As soon as your loved one agrees to get help, you want to have a plan in place so they can start treatment before they have any second thoughts.
  2. Be Mindful. You will want to choose an appropriate time for confronting an addict, making sure to catch them when they’re sober and relaxed. Then, make sure to use non-judgmental speech when talking to them. Focusing on your feelings instead of accusing the addict can make the conversation much more productive.
  3. Be Firm. While you have to be sensitive when you are confronting an alcoholic or addict, you must also be firm and take a stand. You should provide consequences for if their behavior does not change, and you must follow through on them if they do not agree to seek help.
  4. Remain Hopeful. Perhaps your loved one has already attended a rehab and relapsed. Relapse is unfortunately very common, but don’t lose hope that a rehab can help your loved one achieve long-term sobriety and be prepared to convince them to try again.
  5. Avoid Enabling Them. Make sure you are not doing anything to make their substance-seeking behavior easier, such as giving them money or covering for them when their addiction has negative social or professional effects.
  6. Involve Other Friends and Family. Make others who care for the person aware of the situation and involve them in the conversation so they can also enforce consequences and support the person’s recovery.
  7. Emphasize the Ability to Change. Letting your loved one know that there is hope for a way out of their addiction can help lead them in the right direction.
  8. Recognize Manipulation. Unfortunately, many addicts have to lie and manipulate to continue their substance abuse habit. Make sure you are not falling victim to this; keep responsibility for their behavior placed firmly on the addict.
  9. Remain Calm. It will be easy to lose patience during the intervention process, but keeping your cool can be a vital aspect of a successful intervention.
  10. Seek Outside Help. Don’t be afraid to ask professionals for advice. You can contact WhiteSands Tampa at any time to receive advice on staging an intervention and to make plans to admit your loved one to rehab. You don’t have to face this confrontation alone: WhiteSands is a fully accredited treatment center, and our highly-qualified staff is here to help.
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