Being around people with an addiction can be tough on all parties involved. However, whether you’re trying to support someone who has never been admitted for treatment or someone who is now relapsing, there are things you can do to support them and yourself. It can be tough to support someone you love as there are numerous emotions involved, that is why it is important to have an outside agency involved.
- Don’t Enable
We need to be extremely careful with how we react and treat others with addiction. It is important that we do not enable their behaviours by stepping in to take over their responsibilities. It can be difficult to draw the line between supporting the people we love and enabling the behaviour. In many cases, it is not until a person is faced with the consequences of their actions and behaviours that they can come to terms with their own addictions
- Encourage healthy habits
When someone suffers from addiction, it is common that they will also suffer from a decline in physical and mental health and poor hygiene. Encouraging the person to seek treatment for their issues can help them understand the toll that their addiction is taking on their life. Being able to establish a structured environment can help the person want a healthier lifestyle.
- Take care of yourself
Make sure you are looking after yourself and this is the one of the most important things you can do. Helping someone can be draining; emotionally and mentally. Recognise that it is not selfish, it is self-care. It is important that you take care of yourself before you support other people. Addiction can affect multiple relationships and ruin multiple lives. Please make sure you take time to reach out to support from others and outside agencies.