How to help a friend

How to Help Someone Struggling With Addiction? | The Recovery Village Drug and Alcohol Rehab


It’s not easy to approach a person about their addiction, but it’s often necessary for starting the recovery process. Learn about ways you can help a loved one take the first step.

Helping a friend or loved one struggling with drug or alcohol addiction is often a long and heartbreaking journey. At times, it can be so overwhelming that ignoring the situation may seem like an easier solution. However, sweeping the issue under the rug can be damaging to you, your family and the person you’re concerned about. As painful as it may be, it’s important that you take the time to encourage your loved one to get the help they need.

Article at a Glance:

  • It can be challenging to help a friend or family member deal with addiction, but this is when your loved one truly needs you.
  • Learn about what addition is and offer your support by encouraging your loved one to seek professional help.
  • Know the symptoms of drug addiction to look for and the risks factors to prepare yourself.
  • Make sure to take care of yourself too while you care for someone struggling with addiction.
  • Avoid preaching, lecturing, arguing or making your loved one feel guilty about an addiction.

Some of the things you can do:

Excerpts from the article

Educate Yourself About Addiction

You see what you know. Until you have knowledge about addiction and the symptoms of drug abuse, it’s easy to miss the signs that are right in front of you.

Offer Your Support

Talk to your loved one about your concerns, and don’t wait for them to hit rock bottom to speak up

Encourage Them to Get Help

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Be persistent about how important it is that they enter treatment for their addiction, but avoid making them feel guilty or ashamed in the process.

Support Recovery as an Ongoing Process

Continue supporting their participation in ongoing care, meetings and participate in support groups for families of addicts

Take Care of Yourself

Don’t be afraid to go to therapy to get help if you find yourself struggling due to your loved one’s drug addiction.

What to Avoid When Talking to a Loved One About Addiction

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Help for family of victims

The parents…the grandparents…the siblings…they need help too

The family’s role is to help and support the victims…to be their rock.

This can be traumatic for the family and what is seldom understood is they need support too. They too need to cope.

Apart from tips on your family deal with this issue, there is information on resources available like family counseling and family rehab.

Do read this article if you are helping a loved one cope with their troubles…or a victim whose family is their strength..

How to help a drug addict


  • It’s important that you don’t confront your loved one in a way that will cause an argument.
  • It’s common for those abusing drugs to get angry and defensive easily, so you need to approach the situation with care.1
  • It’s natural to be afraid to approach your loved one about drug use, because of the uncertainty of how they will react.
  • You can approach your loved one with compassion and empathy and ask if they will consider getting the help they need.

Read about:

What do parents need to know
Signs and symptoms of drug addition
Can addiction be cured
Help for alcohol and illicit drug abuse
Help for prescription drug abuse
And more

Your past is just a story
Reality lies ahead
Take control
And make it your own

Support groups India


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Support groups for therapists in private practice

The tribe….a broad based umbrella group

Information on meeting places

Support for suicide prevention


Anxiety and much more.

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