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4 Reasons to Confront a Loved One Who Is Addicted

4 Reasons to Confront a Loved One Who Is AddictedThere are many reasons to confront an addicted loved one. Addiction is a chronic disease, and ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Taking action is the first step towards health, happiness and recovery for the addict as well as those who love him or her.

Confront an Addict to Show Your Love

The term “intervention” comes with many negative connotations and images based on reality television shows and popular misconceptions. Family members or friends may hesitate to intervene, afraid of causing drama or pushing an addicted loved one away. However taking action is an act of love, and it does not have to involve formal or overly emotional confrontations. Confronting a loved one can be as simple as a personal conversation, family mediation meetings or a calm and collected intervention by a group of friends and family members.

Confront a Loved One to Stop Enabling Addiction

Enabling is any action that prevents a person from experiencing the consequences of his or her actions. Some addiction enabling is easy to identify. It can be as obvious as getting alcohol or drugs for a loved one, or it can involve actions such as the following:

  • Bailing individuals out of jail
  • Giving an addict money to pay bills
  • Providing a place to live
  • Calling into work for a loved one

While these actions allow an individual to remain addicted and avoid facing consequences that may push him or her towards recovery, not acting can be a form of enabling as well. Ignoring the problem, denying addiction or remaining silent while a loved one struggles allows him or her to continue down a potentially fatal path. Your silence allows a loved one to continue to believe that his or her actions are okay and that his or her addiction is not noticeable and is not affecting others.

Confront an Addicted Loved One to Protect Yourself and Your Family

Addiction is not a self-contained problem. Addicted individuals cause unhappiness in the lives of others and can contribute to family problems. The article, “Effects of Substance Abuse on Families” (Chicago Tribune 2013), shares that addiction can create the following negative effects in families and relationships:

  • Conflicts with children
  • Conflicts over money
  • Emotional trauma
  • Violence
  • Separation
  • Health risks

A family with an addicted member is not a healthy or happy family. Confronting your loved one, ending enabling and encouraging treatment are as important for your mental and physical well-being as that of the addict.

Confront an Addicted Loved One to Prevent Long-Term Consequences

The sooner you speak up about addiction, the sooner your loved one will realize the effects drug use has on his or her life. Addiction will only get worse if left untreated, and continued drug use can lead to permanent effects on a person’s health and life or even lead to death. Substances have a profound effect on a person’s health and lifestyle, and confronting a loved one about his or her drug use provides an opportunity to prevent or reverse some of these negative consequences.

How to Confront an Addicted Loved One

If you are ready to speak up and put an end your loved one’s addiction, we are here to help. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to help you plan the best approach, find professional support and arrange options for addiction treatment. There are many reasons to help a loved one in need, and no reason to wait. Please call today. All calls are free and confidential.

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