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What To Say To An Addict in Denial
What to say to an addict in denial
What should you say to someone struggling with addiction and they are completely in denial? They refuse to acknowledge they have a problem or they let it be known to everyone in the family they have an addiction, but they need to keep doing it. Sometimes the words we want to say in a loving manner can come across with some anger and frustration because you know they are killing themselves each time they abuse drugs or alcohol.
When you are trying to talk to someone who desperately needs help, it is best to not confront them when they are under the influence. If they are a type of substance abuser that uses every day, all day, it’s best to start talking in the morning after they have had rest. Confronting someone when they have been abusing drugs and alcohol can lead to confrontation and the situation could escalate into an argument or aggressive behavior. It’s best to speak with them when they first wake up or not under the influence of the substance.
When you have the moment where you are able to speak to the addict, you might want to start in a loving tone. You are not there to judge them, because you both are aware of the abuse, but if you can keep it in a loving tone, acknowledging your concerns for their well-being and the effects the drugs are taking on them as well as the physical and emotional toll on yourself. If they are receptive to listening you can continue with talking about seeking treatment and getting help as soon as possible. Another tool would be to suggest working together to find a rehab facility, so they are no reasons or delay on why they cannot seek help.
If the conversations, takes a nastier tone in a negative way, it is best to stop the discussion. If they are completely denying there are no problems and they are doing fine, you may want to suggest a drug test, if they refuse, it is a red flag, and a high possibility they are abusing drugs. At this point, it is best to disengage from the conversation and placate, that you understand. You may need a professional addiction interventionist that can assist you in achieving your goals for helping your loved one into treatment. It never hurts to ask if the addict will seek help for their addiction. The difficulty is when they refuse and what course of action needs to be taken for the best success.
Learning What to do if They Refuse Treatment
When you have tried your best to communicate, it may be time to hire an expert in addiction interventions. These professionals can provide you with the best course of action in order to communicate effectively with the addict to seek immediate treatment with no more delays. To learn more about an addiction intervention specialists contact 866-631-0026 to start getting help today.