Millions of people suffer from addiction in the United States. These people need help; they need care and concern; they need to see that the people around them and the society as a whole, cares about them. When they receive such love and care, it plays a great role in helping them deal with the problem. But it is not quite effective getting to someone and start hammering on their addiction. That will not only be counter-productive, it could also lead to unnecessary tensions between yourself and the addict. So what must you do to handle such a situation? How can you let someone with an addiction know you care for them? Let’s read on to find out.
The time you choose to discuss a person’s addiction goes a long way to determine how they will receive you. The timing is particularly important because if a wrong time is chosen, the addict may forever stop thinking of dealing with the problem. A moment of cordial discussions could be the right time. It is important to engage the discussion as informally and as friendly as possible. The addict may not respond immediately, but the message you give them generally sticks in their minds. Some people may denounce you for attempting to bring up the topic. If that happens, feel free to threaten cutting off your relationship with the addict. Most of these people have lost all their friends thanks to their addiction; they will therefore want to do everything possible to keep the remaining few they have.
It is important to note that before you can talk to someone about their addiction, you have to be clear yourself. Ensure therefore that there are no traces of addiction in you, and your discussion is meaningful enough impact knowledge and empathy on the addict. Whenever the issue of showing someone that you care about his addiction comes up, remember that no matter what you do or what you say, you can never change the individual, neither can you change their basic needs and preferences.
Convince the person to see reason with you, but know that you can never change him/her. Try these, and showing loved ones that you care for their addiction will be quite simple and economic.