Substance abuse is a matter that you need to take seriously. If someone you know is addicted to alcohol, narcotics, and/or other substances, you should know that they are victims.
Sure, this problem might have been their fault at some point. But because they reached the point of addiction, avoid playing the blame game. Instead, be empathic.
And in the event that you want to lend them a hand, here’s what you can do.
1: Let Them Accept Their Situation
They’re addicted to a substance and it’s causing them harm. That’s what the situation is and that’s how you give them the news.
Don’t include unnecessary information or detailed assessments. If you do, there’s a possibility of them getting confused or unresponsive. And it will lead to them not receiving the news.
It’s important to let them in on their situation so they can accept the fact that they are ill. And more importantly, they can take the initiative of seeking treatment.
If they ask further questions about their substance abuse, that’s your cue to tell them more.
2: Get Additional Support
Having you around will remind them that they’re not alone. And if they have other loved ones, try contacting those people and let them help.
Doing such a gesture will greatly boost the morale of those suffering from substance abuse. Seeing their loved ones – lots of them – will increase their confidence.
And somehow, receiving moral support gives them a much better shot at winning their fight with abuse. The more people who cheer them on, the better.
3: Encourage Them to Get Healthy
The idea is to encourage them – and not coerce them into it. Letting it come from them is better.
This works wonders because it helps them focus on the right things. Albeit indirectly, it teaches them to ditch the unhealthy habits that are doing nothing but harm.
It also helps them get in great shape. And if they’re in great shape, of course, they have a higher level of strength to overcome their battle!
For starters, tell them about the good things that come with eating balanced meals, getting sufficient sleep, and prioritizing mental wellness. You also shouldn’t leave out exercise.
To read more about the benefits of exercise, you may do it here.
As mentioned, you need to be serious about substance abuse. Avoid pointing fingers because it won’t accomplish anything. What you can do is be a forward-thinker and do your best to help the victims “move on and be better”.