How To Help An Addict

If you know someone who is addicted to drugs, then you know that the drug can take over the person's life. If you care about the person, there are some ways that you can help in dealing with the recovery process.

You need to understand the addiction in order to help. Do some research on the drug so that you know what it will do to the body. Once you know what you're dealing with, you will have a better understanding of how to help the person you love. When you're talking to the person who has drugs as a part of his life, don't believe every word that is said. The person usually isn't who is talking. The drug has likely controlled the person to the point that it's a choice of family and friends or the drug. If someone is heavily addicted, he will choose the drugs, and he will lie in order to get what he needs. Some people will say that if you help them one more time, they will get clean and go to rehab. You need to see actions instead of words before you offer any more help with a place to live, a car or money.

While you are helping, you need to set boundaries. Only give emotional support instead of giving the person money to go get more drugs. When the person knows that you will always be there to support them in any way, they will continue to come back to you for any kind of support possible. When the person hits bottom and has no where to turn, you will be called. This is when you have to stick to your limits. Often, the best thing that you can do for the person so that he sees what the drug is doing is by letting him fall on his face. He needs to see how hard it is taking care of himself, buying food, clothing and paying for a place to live. When he realizes the true help he has received without being on the drugs, then he will be more willing to get help from a facility like Morningside Recovery Center.