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Helping an addicted loved one

Much of the stigma around alcohol and drug abuse has dissolved over the years to the point where most people, including family members and loved ones, only want to help the afflicted person get better. If you know someone who could benefit from a treatment program, following these simple rules will make the transition into recovery as smooth as possible.

It’s important to remember the earlier an addiction gets treated, the better the chances for a full recovery. If you suspect someone close to you has a drug or alcohol problem, don’t ignore the issue. Bringing the topic up for discussion could be the first step on the road to recovery, but it’s important to remain nonjudgmental when you do. Keep in mind, the person might be in denial and full of excuses for their behaviour if they’re not ready to accept the help you are offering.

Remember, you can’t force an addicted person to change their behaviour. The afflicted person needs to accept responsibility for their own actions. As someone close to them, you have every right to look after yourself and seek out one of the many support groups available for people living with afflicted loved ones.

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