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How to Help a Loved One with Addiction

You CAN Help. Here's How.


If you’re reading this page, then you’re worried about someone you love.

Maybe you’ve seen them neglect their career, or their relationship.
Maybe you stayed up nights, wondering where they were.

Watching a loved one lose themselves to addiction will frighten just about anyone. It doesn’t matter if it’s your son, your daughter, your spouse, your parent, or another relative.

What would it take to get them back on track? To stop using the drugs/alcohol and return to the person they were?

It takes action. And that’s what we’re talking about here.

If your loved one needs help right away, please contact SSH:


The Truth of Addiction's Effect on Families

Addiction affects more than the person using the drug/alcohol. It disrupts their friendships. Their relationships. Their family.

Why? Because people who suffer from addiction will put it before everything else. Their mind changes to focus on the next drink, the next hit, the next high.

It’s not that they stop loving others. The love is still there…it’s just been buried under the addiction’s raging need for ‘more.’

You already know that this causes a lot of pain among loved ones. It’s emotionally draining and scary.

Not only that, but it can cause a huge financial strain. The person struggling with substance use may stop working, or get fired for their behavior. Now they (and everyone depending on them) have lost income.

Paying for drugs eats up their money, often resulting in debt. Food becomes scarce for everyone, even children. The financial strain gets worse and worse.

Actions You Can Take to Encourage Your Loved One toward Recovery

It’s important to remember—addiction is not a choice. Your loved one didn’t set out to harm their family members. The addiction’s doing that.

Legally speaking, if your loved one is an adult, you can’t block them from seeking out drugs.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take action. Here’s what you can do.

Action: Bring up the benefits of treatment with them.
Here’s a quick list of things to discuss:

  • Better sleep
  • Enjoying their favorite foods again
  • Feeling better about themselves
  • Regaining purpose & direction in life
  • Finding a new, fulfilling job/career

Use the term ‘treatment’ instead of ‘rehab.’ Rehab can have a negative connotation at times. Using something more positive, like ‘treatment center,’ may work better.

Action: Contact a treatment center and ask to speak to a counselor.
Treatment centers (like us) know how to talk with individuals suffering from addiction. Suggest that the addict talk with a counselor. It’s not an obligation, or admission they need help…it’s just a chance to talk with someone who might understand.

We can also help those whose loved ones suffer…both to help you encourage them, and to help you with your own troubles. This is part of treatment aftercare (but it can start when you need it).

Action: Talk with a police officer or lawyer.
If your loved one’s addiction threatens the health/safety of children, you may be able to take legal action. A police officer or lawyer can advise you.

However, do this as a last resort! It can cause serious damage to your relationship, and may provoke a violent episode. Make sure you’re safe first.

We Help Your Loved One "Reclaim Their Life" from Addiction

“Can you help my son/daughter/wife/husband/parent?”

We receive this request over and over. The answer is—Yes, we can help them.

Our team at Support Systems Homes knows the struggle. We’ve experienced the same struggle, in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. That’s why we’re here.

We offer a complete set of addiction treatment programs, each customizable to address your loved one’s situation. Also, we put a strong focus on support for families as well, during & after treatment.

Your loved one, and any family member who needs it, will receive the best possible care.

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Take Action Today to Help Your Loved One

Let us help your loved one begin reclaiming their life from addiction. Contact SSH to learn more about our treatment options.