Seeing your loved one getting too addicted to alcohol or any substance can be very painful, more so, if you are seeing them ruining their life already. If you are really concerned about their welfare, you have to help them out.
Yes, the strongest support system of those who were eaten by addiction are their family, friends and loved ones. If you are part of their core, you must not leave them behind just because they are getting out of control of their lives. This is the time when they need you the most, and the time you need to give them the support they deserve.
Helping your loved ones to become sober may be hard, but if you really love them and you want to see them get back on their feet again, it is your responsibility to help them find a way to bounce back.
How can you help? Where to start? Here are some of the things you can do:
Bring him/her to a rehab
Bringing him or her to a drug and alcohol rehab should not be your last resort but your first solution. When an addict becomes so intense with his addiction, the only way he can bounce back is if he receives help from professionals.
Rehab has experts that can help patients get rid of their vices, whether it is alcohol, drugs or any forms of medications. These experts are fully trained and went through thorough studies to ensure they can provide aid to those who are in need and want to be treated.
Be there for him/her
You have to make sure that you are there for him or her whenever it is necessary. Sometimes, the reason why someone is drowning himself to drugs or alcohol is he feels alone. Show your loved one that you are there for him and he does not need anything else.
Some addicts are just victims of circumstances, and once they feel they have someone beside them, hopefully, they will change their mind about their addiction and turn to their loved ones instead.
Encourage him/her to do other activities
Encouraging him to do other activities to stay away from whatever it is he is addicted to is also a good idea. It does not need to be intense or expensive activities or sports. It can be fishing, participating in yoga classes, camping, etc.
Letting them think of other activities to do can help them a lot in forgetting about drinking beer, taking drugs, and so on. You may want to do the activities with them so they can feel more supported.
Be a good example to him/her
Yes, be a good example for him without making him feel underdog. Show to him that there is more in this world to enjoy. Let him know that there are so many good things in life for him to enjoy if he just opens his eyes and embraces other beautiful things in life apart from alcohol and drugs.