If you want to know how to help drug addicts, then there are many things that you can do. In today’s post, we’ll discuss three effective ways in this regard so that you can help them with success.
1: Help Yourself First
The first thing you are supposed to do in order to help a drug addict in your life is to get some help for yourself in the first place. This might sound a bit strange if you are really trying to help someone else, but it is important that you learn more about the disease of addiction and come to a solid understanding of what needs to happen in order for that person to get better.
The best suggestion for this is that you go to an Al-Anon meeting. The people there can help teach you about how to behave so that you are not enabling the addict in your life. If you don’t learn how to do this, then the chances are that you’ll continue to enable the addict in some small way, and this won’t push them any closer to making a real change in their life. Therefore, you should get help for yourself first, and in doing so, you’ll learn how to better help the addict.
2: Set Healthy Boundaries
You need to set some limits and boundaries with the drug addict in your life so that you are both protecting yourself, as well as to move them closer to surrender. The idea is that you don’t have to be a doormat for someone else who is using drugs. You don’t have to put up with outrageous behavior. Put your foot down and let them know that it is unacceptable behavior, and let them know the consequences of such a behavior. Don’t make idle threats, and don’t promise anything that you don’t fully intend on following through. If you say that you’ll move out, be prepared to move out. It’s important that you be consistent with this.
3: Don’t Deny Them Their Pain
It’s another important concept in helping a drug addict. Typically, their behavior and their actions will bring pain and chaos into their life. If you are involved with them, then you are probably used to trying to control their life and help put out some of these fires. Stop doing this. If the addict is going to change and get to the point of surrender, they are going to get there by going through enough pain. No one decides to change their whole life when things are going well. They only do this when things are going very, very bad. So, your job is to let the bad things happen. This does not mean that you have to maliciously try to trip them when they are walking down the road. It only means that you’ll now allow them to experience all the pain that they bring on to themselves. If you can do this consistently, it’ll help establish proper boundaries and also move them closer to reaching that life-changing surrender.