How to emotionally support someone that is battling an addiction

It can undoubtedly be emotionally testing to see a relative, friend, or work colleague suffering an addiction. You may be at a loss as to how to help them or whether they would even welcome your offer of assistance. It is true that someone is better-positioned to overcome an addiction when they actually want to do so – and, if they are putting up a fight, here is how you can help them.

Be supportive, not accusative, with what you say

You should let the other person know that you are concerned about them and are offering your support. If you say something along the lines of “You are addicted and need to pull yourself together”, you could come across as hurtful.

The addiction sufferer could be more open to what you are saying if you utter something more sympathetic, such as “I love you and worry about your addiction, it might be bad for your health.”

Be careful where you say these words

Choose somewhere that is quiet and private for both of you. This will ensure that neither of you are interrupted and so will not be distracted. “Make sure your person is not upset or preoccupied with other issues”, Healthline adds; most vitally, that person should also be sober.

Urge them to take action

You might find that they vow to overcome their addiction. However, you shouldn’t be content with them just saying the right words; you should also encourage the person to follow up on them.

For example, urge them to seek formal treatment. You could direct them towards ANA Treatment Centres, which runs an addiction treatment centre in the English coastal setting of Farlington, close to Portsmouth. Services at this facility can effectively tackle drug or alcohol reliance.

Furthermore, with the ANA Works supported housing scheme, the person could emerge from treatment to live safely – while remaining abstinent – in a property in Portsmouth or West Sussex.

If it seems necessary, intervene

If you feel like expressing your concerns simply through words is not sufficiently helping the person, you could arrange an intervention. Here, family members, friends and co-workers could collectively confront the addiction sufferer and urge them to pursue treatment.

However, before doing that, you should probably think carefully about what treatment option should be highlighted for them. As previously mentioned, drawing attention to ANA Treatment Centres is a recommended course of action.

Continue actively supporting them during their therapy

The road to complete recovery from alcohol addiction can be lengthy and arduous. For that reason, you mustn’t deem your role finished once the person has entered therapy. Hence, you could pledge to assist them with work, household and childcare responsibilities should these clash with treatment sessions. Also – should they be open to this – regularly meet up with them to check their progress.

Once they have finished receiving treatment, you should also try what you can to reduce their chances of falling back into their old, adverse habits. They could later much thank you for it.