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Different times in our lives we experience some difficulty and need a shoulder to lean on. It could be a friend or relative who has an addiction and needs support to accept and overcome whatever it is they are addicted to. There are various ways you can assist an addict.

      1. Communication

The first step to offer assistance to an addicted friend or relative is to effectively  communicate with them. Assess their awareness of the situation because the first step to healing is acceptance. Awareness makes it easy to initiate and offer required help. If he or she is still in denial, take your time and do not offer lectures or try to impose your findings on the person. Request for their permission to get involved or ‘intrude’ into their life. They may or may not accept but when they do ask honest and direct questions that will guide you how to direct your assistance.

      2. Show Empathy

Put yourself in your friend’s or relative’s shoes and try and understand what they could be going through and how they would want to be treated and treat them similarly. Be the best friend you can be and always be there when they need help. Show up and listen to them if that is what they need at the moment. They could open up and help you understand why they plunged into their addiction.

     3. Understand the Level of Addiction

It is important to offer help before a friend or relative gets to a point of no return.  It is therefore important to ask understand their dependency, how far are they into the addiction, whether they have made effort to stop it, how they are affected when they make effort to stop. This way you are able to channel the correct resources and achieve your objective of offering your assistance.

     4. Act

When you have the necessary information swing into action and enforce the measures. make it clear that they are not being forced to accept help. Moreover, it is important for the addict to accept assistance to overcome the addiction because it is them that will gain. Discuss and set achievable boundaries that will assist the individual not to fall back to addiction. Convince them why it is necessary for them to seek help if they fail to do it on their own stage an intervention that will make sure they get the necessary help and follow up on their journey to beat addiction.

To Conclude,

Everyone one needs a shoulder to lean on at certain point in life. Similarly, a friend or a relative needs your shoulder to lean on or hand to hold when they are addicted and struggling to recover from the same. When they come to you, have a good conversation with them and show empathy, understand their dependency. Act upon the information you have about the situation and follow up on their progress.

 

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