We all want the best for our friends and family members. When a loved one is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can be extremely frustrating and upsetting. After all, it’s hard to stand by and watch someone who you care about hurt themselves.

It’s hard to save someone who might not even realize that they have a problem. However, you can absolutely make a positive difference in an addict’s life. Here’s what to do if a loved one is struggling with addiction.

Loved One Is Struggling With Addiction

Leave Your Judgement At The Door

Addicted people often fail to reach out for help because they’re petrified that they’ll be judged, even by the people closed to them. Sadly, this is often very true. Many addicts have reached out for help only to be heartbroken when their loved ones reacted very poorly. Make yourself a safe resource by never judging the addict in your life. Instead, choose to listen to their stories and approach their problems in a tolerant and helpful manner.

Set Boundaries

You want to be a nonjudgemental resource for your struggling loved one, but you also don’t want to be an enabler. It’s okay to set boundaries when it comes to an addicted loved one. Tell them that you are they’re to help, but that you won’t participate in any behaviors that encourage or foster their addiction.

Point Them In The Right Direction

Do some research on the different options that addicts have in your area. There are tons of great rehabilitation facilities in addition to online substance abuse courses. You want to gently guide your addicted loved one in the right direction, but you can’t outright tell them what to do. Encourage them to seek help without turning it into an order or a command. Addicts don’t respond well to being told what to do, but they do respond positively to gentle guidance from people who genuinely care.

Seeing a loved one struggle with addiction can be devastating. If you follow these tips, you can help to guide your loved one towards a better path. Be patient, caring and respectful of your addicted loved one’s struggles.