How do you think it would go if you approached your loved one and said, "I want to talk to you about your addiction problem?" Perhaps you've already tried something similar to that. If so, you've likely discovered that, even if you approached the discussion from the standpoint of love and compassion, your loved one felt probably became defensive. This is how most attempts to speak with a loved one in addiction go, even if when the conversation is timed just right. This is why most people resort to calling an intervention in Florida.
If you need help convincing your loved one that they have a problem and or that they need professional help to overcome it, an interventionist can be an immense help. Contact Substance Intervention today to speak with an experienced professional who can guide and coach you into getting your loved one the help they need before it is too late.
Context and Perception
It's important always to be conscious of the fact that your family member is not your enemy, nor have they ever been. The enemy is the substance. Therefore, the first thing you should do before approaching your loved one is to become knowledgeable about the disease of addiction. Learn how it manifests itself, and learn about the withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes, it's the fear of withdrawal that keeps people in active addiction.
When you're having a personal conversation with your loved one about what's going on with them, knowledge is key. Rather than approaching your loved one in a confrontational manner (even if you're not trying to be confrontational), try asking a question instead. Perhaps you could frame the question like, "How does this drug make you feel?" You might be very surprised at the response you get.
How to Approach Someone in Addiction
When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, it's not because of a character flaw or behavioral problem. There is ALWAYS an underlying cause of addiction. A better way of stating it is that addiction is just a symptom that you see - the proverbial tip of the iceberg. By asking the right questions, using the right tone of voice, and making sure you approach your loved one at the right time, you might actually get somewhere.
Again, the first step in reaching your loved one is to know what substances they are abusing and arm yourself with accurate information about how it affects the mind and body. Rather than stating how your loved one's addiction is causing problems for you or for others, tell them how it is breaking your heart to watch them self-destruct.
Contact an Interventionist as a Last Resort
If you have tried to approach your loved one only to be rejected, and you are tired of watching them hurt themselves and others, contact a professional interventionist in Florida. Contact an interventionist as a last resort, but don't wait until it's too late. With addiction, any time could be the last time.