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How to Support Someone With Addiction

Be straightforward. Be direct. Be black and white.


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There’s a good chance that you know someone who has overcome addiction or that you know someone who is currently battling addiction. Whether they’re a close friend or someone you don’t know very well, it’s important to understand how to support someone with an addiction.

Not only can an addiction ruin the addict’s life, but it can also ruin their friendships, families, and careers. Knowing how to help someone with an addiction can significantly improve their situation and speed up their recovery.

A national survey found that 20.4 million adults aged 12 and older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the previous year. Additionally, data from the previous year revealed that only about a tenth of people with SUD received the necessary care.

So how can you help an addict receive the treatment they need and support them on their journey to sobriety? Be straightforward. Be direct. Be black and white.

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.

How to Help With Drug Addiction

Follow these expert tips to learn how to support an addict the right way.

Don’t Enable

When you’re learning how to help someone with drug addiction, the last thing you want to do is make life easier for them. Don’t give the addict money to feed their addiction. Instead, resist the urge to save them and let them experience the consequences of their behavior.

Hold Them Responsible

Learning how to support a recovering addict means holding them accountable for keeping their word. If they say they’ll get help, make sure they do and assist them in doing so. Continue to hold them responsible and provide additional support to get them the care they need.

Look After Yourself

The best thing you can do to support a loved one with addiction is to take care of your overall well-being. By putting your own physical, emotional, and mental needs first, you’ll be more able to support your loved one through the strenuous and long recovery process.

Education Yourself

Recognize that addiction is a disease. Alcohol and drugs may cause the brain’s wiring to change, causing disruptions in cognitive function and dependence, which can lead to substance use disorder. Knowing this will help you support your loved one more effectively and show patience during their journey.

When you’re supporting a family member with an addiction, just remember you’re not alone. By seeking professional assistance, you can gain access to the resources and network of supporters you need to support your loved one in leading a sober lifestyle.

Drug Detox, Addiction Treatment & Recovery

There are many different approaches when it comes to treatment for drug addiction; here at Bay Area Recovery Center, we treat the whole person, not just the illness.

Treating drug addiction effectively means finding the mental illness responsible for causing the person’s addictive behavior and treating that first. Once the person detoxes and completes a seven day, 2 week, or 30 day treatment program, they might be ready to start outpatient therapy and counseling.

Each person is different. And every phase of the recovery process is both challenging and impossible to predict without assessing the individual.  That is why inpatient drug rehab programs are recommended for people suffering from an addiction to a prescription drug or other substance.

Treatment Programs & Options Available

  • In-Patient Treatment
  • Out-Patient Drug Treatment & Partial Day
  • Women Only Drug Treatment Facilities
  • Men Only Drug Treatment Centers
  • Medically Assisted Drug Detox
  • Faith Based Rehabilitation
  • Most Insurance Plans Accepted

We have specialized treatment programs for every type of drug from barbiturates to stimulants, and prescription drugs to illicit substances.

There are many steps in the road to recovery, but the most important steps often involve:

  • Intervention
  • Detox
  • Counseling
  • Individual, Family, & Group Therapy

So if you want to support someone with addiction, contact us today to get them the help they need!

Mark SwansonMark Swanson
16:28 06 Nov 23
Disclaimer: DO NOT waste your time here UNLESS you are SERIOUS about RECOVERING from DRUG & ALCOHOL use and abuse. Bay Area Recovery Center (BARC) is a topnotch facility, program & staff for those who are ready to confront and recover from their addictions to drugs and/or alcohol.BARC is designed to provide onsite and follow up regiments that work if you work them. Cost friendly, BARC accepts most insurances, ask for Billy when you call.Speaking from experience, I highly recommend BARC for anyone, regardless of addiction issue or background. They will help you reclaim your life!
Joe Davis IIIJoe Davis III
17:06 02 Nov 23
This Recovery Center is by far the best Recovery place I have ever been, they you about the illness of alcoholism and the solution of the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous in the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous. As long as your willing, open minded, and honest. You can get what they have of a spiritual awakening/experience. Everyone that works there has been through the house and knows the struggles you are going through and you will be able to relate with you. There is no judgement.
Matt CarterMatt Carter
16:32 27 Oct 23
This place is probably the most important place I've ever had the fortune to visit. When I showed up here a year ago, I was bitter, selfish and a shadow of who I thought I was. If you or a loved one needs or wants to make a change, I can't recommend it more. The system they have here and the groups can genuinely help, even if you aren't fully willing, the messages will stick and make a new start possible.
Kyle JohnsonKyle Johnson
19:53 16 Oct 23
I checked in Bay Area Recovery in May 2023, I went into House 3 for inpatient help with alcohol and drug addiction. What I found at Bay Area is a warm and loving group of people that really care about the clients. It's a family I never knew I had. These people rolled out the red carpet for me and made me feel at home. They showed me how to get sober with the 12-steps of AA and gave me the necessary tools to stay sober, taught me a new way of life. I am eternally grateful to Bay Area Recovery and the staff.If anyone needs help this is the place to be. Everyone at Bay Area has been through this program and completely understands.Thanks for everything.Kyle Johnson
Patrick AbernathyPatrick Abernathy
22:24 11 Oct 23
If anyone is needing help I highly recommend barc. They helped my son get off drugs. The people there are the best in particular Billy. He is doing so well almost 2 years clean I'm so proud of him. If anyone needs help go there.
Michael WebberMichael Webber
18:21 03 Oct 23
Houses 1 and 3 were both great places to stay.Bay Area Recovery Center is very thorough and led by seasoned veterans.I wish I had come here much sooner.Thank you especially to Billy Smith, Blake Dittman, Joe Becnel, Greg Joinier, and Joe Shipley.

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If you or your loved one is ready to get sober, give us a call today and speak with one of our qualified professionals. This is not a sales call, our team is here to help and answer all of your questions. Regardless if you are ready to come in today or next month. We are here to help.

When you call, our team will guide you and explain which addiction treatment program is best for you, and how they help addicts achieve long term sobriety. Call us now or fill out a contact form and we’ll be in touch to answer your questions.