Despite what the addict may say or frankly even believe themselves, addiction is not a habit, and it’s certainly not a choice.
(PRWEB) February 26, 2014
Parents, siblings, other relatives and friends struggling with the enormous challenge of talking to a loved one about addiction should read the latest must-read blog post from Best Drug Rehabilitation, which offers practical, yet compassionate advice on how to turn this dreaded task into a potentially life-changing – or even life-saving – conversation.
“Few things in life are as difficult as talking to a loved one about their alcohol or drug abuse problem,” commented Per Wickstrom, CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation. “And yet, it’s one of the most important conversations to have; and sooner is always better than later.”
According to Best Drug Rehabilitation, people preparing to talk to a loved one about addiction should keep the following in mind:
- Create a list of signs and symptoms that suggest, or confirm, that an addiction problem exists. Many addicts are in a state of denial, and their immediate response is going to be “What problem? I don’t have a problem.” Having a list can help the dialogue overcome this initial and, admittedly difficult, hurdle.
- Talk to experts in accredited treatment facility before speaking with the addict, in order to learn how to best manage the dialogue. Plus, loved ones will be prepared with objective information to help addicts better understand their potential treatment options.
- Be honest and authentic – but resist judging. What is going on within an addict is far bigger than what appears externally through their behavior, communication and actions. Speak from the heart and make it clear that the addict isn’t the only person suffering and being harmed by the addiction.
“Ultimately, what loved ones have to keep in mind is that it’s called addiction for a reason,” added Per Wickstrom. “Despite what the addict may say or frankly even believe themselves, addiction is not a habit, and it’s certainly not a choice. That may have been true at one point, but by the time it’s an addiction, it has in some ways taken over the individual and is victimizing them, just as it is their loved ones. When this core, central truth is grasped, discussing options and solutions with addicts becomes both easier and more effective.”
The full text of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s latest blog entitled “How to Talk to a Loved One About Addiction” is available at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/blog/addiction/how-to-talk-to-a-loved-one-about-addiction/
For additional information or media inquiries, contact Amber Howe, Executive Director BDR, at (231) 887-4590 or ahowe(at)rehabadmin(dot)com.
About Best Drug Rehabilitation
Best Drug Rehabilitation offers treatment programs, and believes that having family close by during a stay in rehab can make a big difference in whether or not the process is successful. Led by CEO Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Rehabilitation also understands that recovering from an addiction is an intense emotional and physical challenge, and as such provides clients with a comfortable and private space that is safe and free of anxiety. Ultimately, Best Drug Rehabilitation offers recovery geared to the personalized needs of each client, which is an option that makes the chance for long-term success much more likely.
Learn more at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/.