Women with substance use disorders have unique biological, psychological and social needs. Assisting them requires getting help and often providing treatment services. There may be multiple issues involved, and a comprehensive rehab program is sometimes needed to address not only the addiction, but areas related to relationships, physical and mental health, work, children and parenting, self-esteem, trauma and more.
How to Help an Alcoholic or Drug Addict
Providing alcoholism or drug addiction help for family members and loved ones can be painful but also extremely rewarding when the individual engages in a new life of recovery. Learning about alcoholism, drug dependence, addiction and recovery can be helpful for all involved in supporting a loved one in treatment. Offering your care, love and concern, without preaching, arguing, blaming or making a woman feel guilty are crucial aspects of learning how to give appropriate and healthy support. It is important not to expect the person to stop or cut down use without help as promises without assistance do not work. New coping skills are needed to overcome addiction, and the sooner the addiction is treated, the better.
As loved ones, when we ask, “How do I help an alcoholic?” or “How do I help a drug addict?”, it is important to know the signs to look for and what steps you can take to help set them on the journey of recovery.
Signs of Addiction
- They have become more irritable or moody
- They have lost or damaged relationships due to their drinking or drug use
- They are having problems and disregarding their responsibilities at school, work or home
- They have had legal issues or been put in dangerous situations from drinking or using drugs
- They have lost control and can’t stop using drugs or drinking
- They continue to drink or use drugs, even when they know it’s causing them health problems
- They have developed a tolerance and need to overindulge even more to feel the effects
- They have shown withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking, nausea, sweating or insomnia
- They are no longer engaged in activities they used to be interested in
If you want to learn more about how to help an alcoholic or drug addict, or if someone you love is struggling with addiction, or if you just want to learn more about the treatment options we offer, contact us today.