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How to Respond to Your Loved One’s Drug Use

How to Respond to Your Loved One's Drug UseWhile you may be feeling helpless, confused and uncertain how to proceed, addiction professionals can help you support the recovery of your addicted loved one in Austin.

Austin Residents Can Learn about Addiction

Knowing more about addiction can help you respond to your loved one’s drug use. Learn such information as the following:

  • Causes of addiction
  • Who is susceptible to addiction
  • What triggers and cravings are
  • How genetics influence addiction
  • How environment influences addiction

Take the time to learn enough about addiction so that you have a clear understanding of the disease that is hurting your friend or family member. Do research on the Internet, speak to addiction counselors, attend addiction support group meetings or reach out to recovering addicts.

Get Help for Yourself

You need to take care of yourself, before you can best help your loved one. You cannot control your addicted friend or family member. You can support his or her recovery, offer help and suggest treatment resources, but you cannot make him or her get better. The only person in Austin you can control is yourself. You need to do what you can to take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Consider doing the following:

  • Pay attention to your eating and sleeping patterns
  • Participate in stress-reducing activities
  • Get exercise and stay active
  • Seek help from others

Set Limits to Help Your Addicted Loved One in Austin

You need to put your needs ahead of the addict’s. If you don’t want to spend time with the addict when he or she is high, say so. You need to keep control of your life in Austin. You cannot help your loved one, if you cannot take care of yourself. Set limits to protect yourself and to encourage your loved one to get help. Learn about enabling and how you can best avoid it.

Intervening with Addicts in Austin

People often avoid confrontations, but avoiding an addiction issue will not help you or a loved one. You need to confront your loved one with your thoughts and feelings about his or her drug use. You can do this informally, or you can hire an interventionist and hold a larger intervention. Even if addicts refuse to accept offers of help, continue to make them aware of the fact that their addiction is a problem and that there is help and support for recovery available.

Learn How to Respond to Your Loved One’s Drug Use

You may be feeling uncertain, alone, and confused, because you don’t know how to respond to your loved one’s drug use. Call our toll-free helpline to talk with our concerned and professional recovery counselors. We can help you learn how to support yourself while encouraging a loved one to get help. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now.