How To Convince An Addict To Get Help Right Away
By: Stanley Popovich
There are many reasons why people who struggle with drugs and alcohol do not get the help they need to overcome their addictions. Some family members who see their loved ones struggle may have a difficult time in getting their loved ones assistance.
As a result, here are six suggestions on how to convince a person struggling with drugs and alcohol to get help.
1. A family intervention could work: The most popular way to get someone the help they need is to do a family intervention. This is when family members and an interventionist get together with the person to tell them how much they love them and that they need to get some help. The person who is struggling listens and hopefully they become convinced to get the help they need.
2. Get an addiction expert to talk to the person: Another way to convince the person to get help is to get someone who is an expert on addiction and have them do a one-on-one talk with the person whose struggling. This person should explain to the addict what will happen if they do not get the help they need to get better.
3. Use the services of a former addict: Get somebody who used to struggle with addiction to talk to the person who is struggling. A former addict could use their past experiences to try to reason with the person. He or she might be able to use their insights to convince the individual to seek treatment.
4. Find out why the person won’t get help: Ask the person who is struggling to list the main reasons why they will not get assistance. It might take a few tries, but try to find out what is stopping the person from getting treatment. Fear and frustration are huge factors for not getting help.
5. Address the reasons why the individual won’t get help: Once you get the reasons why the person won’t get assistance, the next step is to find the ways to help address the fears the addict may have. Addressing one’s fears and concerns may convince the person to get some help. Talk to a counselor if you need some guidance.
6. Talk to the person instead of talking at them: Nobody wants to be lectured or yelled at. The person who is struggling is scared and they need help in overcoming their fears and resistance to getting treatment. Treat the person the way you would want to be treated if the roles were reversed.
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