Published On: Tue, Oct 11th, 2016

How to Help a Loved One Overcome a Drug Addiction

Helping a loved one to overcome a drug addiction can be a very tough and emotional time. Drug addictions can happen to anybody, just as anybody can recover from substance abuse and addiction problems with the right help, support and treatment. If you have a friend or family member who is struggling with an addiction to drugs, you might often find yourself feeling at a loss when it comes to helping them. There are many things that you can do in order to encourage your loved one to get help and start their recovery.


Spending some time in a rehabilitation center can be one of the best ways for those suffering from a drug addiction problem to recover. Luxury rehab centers offer treatment, counselling, activities, and an all-round relaxing experience which helps patients to retake control of their own life and prepare to face the world without having to lean on drugs. Encouraging your loved one to seek help by going to a drug treatment rehabilitation center may take some time, but it’s definitely worth it.

Public domain photo/Psychonaught

Public domain photo/Psychonaught

Support and Listening

One of the most important things that you can do in order to support a loved one who is overcoming a drug addiction is to listen to what they have to say. Often, those who begin taking drugs do so because of other problems in their life, and issues caused by the drugs usually causes the addiction to become worse. Having somebody who is non-judgmental, empathetic and caring can be a massive help in the progress of a recovering drug addict.

Finding Alternatives

Most health professionals who treat patients with drug addictions recommend finding new interests and hobbies in order for them to distract themselves from the need to take drugs. Encouraging your loved one to take up new hobbies, learn new skills, and find new things that interest them can be one of the best ways to aid their recovery and help them to live a fulfilling life. Making yourself available to help them find new things to do and new passions is a simple yet very effective way of helping them to stay away from relapsing.


Often, if a person is becoming too hard to reach or nothing you say or do seems to be making a difference, it may be necessary to arrange an intervention. Although interventions where drug abuse is concerned are not always welcomed, they can be hugely influential when it comes to helping your loved one to recover from drug addiction and get their life back on track. It is a good idea to get the help of a professional, such as a counsellor or therapist who specializes in treating people with addictions, to support you with the intervention. Be sure to only include people who you are sure that your loved one can trust.

Helping a friend or family member to overcome a drug addiction problem can be a heart-breaking process. But, when you’re prepared to give them the support that they need, you can help them to successfully recover.

Author: Joao Pedro

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  1. jeny says:

    This is good

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