When your loved one is struggling with addiction, recovery can seem impossible. It can be hard to understand why he or she started abusing drugs or alcohol, why they continue to do use, and why they cannot stop. Addiction affects family, friends, and loved ones. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can be overwhelming. However, there is hope in recovery.

Even when your loved one seems to be at the point of no return, recovery is possible. It happens every day to many people. Do not shame your loved one about his or her drug or alcohol use. Most likely, they already know it is a problem and even if they are listening, they could be under the influence when you are talking to them. Alternatively, he or she might think there is no problem and everything is under control.

Be proactive about getting help for your loved one without being judgmental or confrontational. Plan an intervention that includes other family or friends with the help of a professional interventionist. In intervention, a loved one might become hostile, but there is a chance they want help and will commit to recovery. Even if it does not happen right away, recovery is possible and the intervention can be the start of living substance-free.

If your loved one rejects a treatment opportunity, do not give up. Positive gestures and verbal reinforcements are very important, and every little bit can mean a lot. There is a difference between being supportive and being an enabler. Learn how to avoid enabling your loved one.

There is hope for recovery, but you must be willing to be supportive and help your loved one in the process. Help by being mindful. Praise your loved one’s steps to recovery. Even one day can feel like years to them. There will be challenges, but every day is one more day closer to living substance-free.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, get help now. Although there is no cure, addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. Remember, you are not alone.

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