How to Support an Addict

Be straightforward. Be direct. Be black and white.

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Rely on our Addiction Experience

Every situation is unique and different. There is no manual for an intervention. The best advice we can give you is to be black and white about it. Addicts don’t want to talk about the black and white issues – they only want to talk about the gray areas in between. Be straightforward. Be direct. Be black and white. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Tell them to get help – period.
We can tell you from experience that they’ll usually get help. In fact, we’ve found it’s much more difficult to convince family members to be black and white about the issues than it is to convince addicts to get help. It’s okay if they get mad; that means they're going to make a change. They may put up a fight, but probably not a very good one. They're waiting for someone to say no to them and make it stick.
Once you talk to them, the best thing you can do is seek counseling for both you and the addict. They have to choose to recover on their own, but you also have to know how to support them throughout the recovery and afterward.

Help with an Intervention

If you would like help holding an intervention, please contact Bay Area Recovery Center today. As always, we unconditionally respect and protect your privacy.
Once you’ve held an intervention and they've agreed to professional care and counseling, what happens next? Rest assured – you both will learn how to get well. Please call 713.705.3457 or 281.924.0798 to set up an intervention.