How to Help a Drug Addict Seek Recovery

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

How to Help a Drug Addict Seek Recovery

Knowing how to help a drug addict isn’t always straightforward or simple. Personal relationships can be complicated. As a result, it’s sometimes difficult to bring up addiction and recovery in a way that your loved one will feel is coming from the best possible place. However, there are ways to help someone struggling with addiction to find treatment that can give them back the life they deserve.

Learn More About Drug Addiction

The first way to help addicts on the road to recovery is by learning more about drug addiction and the the necessary treatment. You’ll be much more help to your friend or loved one if you have a basic understanding of how addiction works.

To start, remember that drug addiction isn’t a choice, a character flaw or a moral defect. It’s an illness and should be viewed as one. It needs to be diagnosed and then treated so that patients can go on to live happy, healthy and successful lives.

In addition, get familiar with the process of treatment. After detox, patients attend a rehab facility. Rehab is where your loved one will have the chance to learn new habits. They’ll also learn how to prevent relapse, while working hard to tackle the factors that lead them to addiction. Finally, they’ll have unlimited access to great resources and professionals.

How to Help A Drug Addict Identify the Problem

Helping a drug addict achieve recovery may include steering them towards identifying or admitting that there’s a problem. Many loved ones want to avoid a confrontation, but keep in mind that confrontation doesn’t have to be upsetting. A planned intervention, for example, eliminates the element of surprise but can still be the catalyst that drives addicts towards treatment and a life of sobriety.

Research Drug Addiction Treatment Options

Trying to choose addiction treatment programs can be overwhelming, so one of the ways you can help is by conducting research for your loved one. First, it’s important to look at the available levels of care and the types of programs available at a facility. Treatment methods are also integral to success. The best rehab facilities offer the following:

Help With the Logistics of Treatment

If you’re wondering how to help a drug addict in a practical way, handling the logistics of detox and rehab is a great first step. This can include physically providing them with a means of transportation to get to their choice of addiction treatment facility. Additionally, it might mean helping them with the finer details of determining how to pay for treatment or checking on the status of health insurance coverage for rehab. These are no small matters, and they can be the difference between your loved one attending treatment or skipping it altogether.

Drug addiction doesn’t need to continue running your life, or the life of a loved one. At 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, we can help you take on active addiction. Call (866) 319-6126 to get on the path toward lifelong sobriety and a brighter future for yourself and those you care about most.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.