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Who do you want to help? A Loved One
Are you worried about a loved one who is engaging in unhealthy behavior that might signify he or she has an addiction problem, a mental health condition?
If so, you may also be uncertain of what helpful actions to take, which could create a lot of stress. You might also be questioning yourself, wondering if they really need help, especially as people suffering from behavioral health problems are often good at hiding their destructive behavior. We have an online assessment to help you get some clarification and guidance about your loved one’s problem. We also provide other drug addiction help for family members. To learn more about how to help a family member with a drug addiction or mental health disorder, you can also speak to a professional on our Admissions team by calling (805) 266-7122.
Talking to your Loved One
Talking to your loved one can be extremely difficult. Few people enjoy confrontation, and that’s even more true for people who have a problem, particularly if they want to believe or pretend that it is not true. When someone does try to discuss the problem, they deny that anything is wrong and become defiant. Many people fear confronting their loved ones because they do not want to risk damaging the relationship. However, if you let the problem continue, the distance between you and your loved one caused by drugs, alcohol, mental health issues will continue to grow, and your relationship will suffer. Although your loved one may not appreciate your help now, he or she will after treatment. When you confront your loved one, you will want to do so in a helpful and loving way to reduce the risk of damaging your relationship.
How to Talk to your Loved One
When you do engage in a conversation with your loved one, there are a few simple tips you should be sure to follow to ensure that the discussion is helpful, not hurtful. First and foremost, talk to your loved one when you are both in a neutral emotional state. The conversation will probably become emotional, so it is best to start off at a time when neither one of you is already in a state of anger or frustration, because the conversation could quickly become destructive and toxic. Additionally, emphasize how much you love and support your loved one. Many people with behavioral health problems already feel isolated, worthless, ashamed, along with other negative feelings and emotions, and they will not be receptive if those feelings are validated through a conversation with you. If you emphasize from the beginning that you love and support your loved one unconditionally, it will help him or her to hear your words. However, do not expect a positive response immediately. Most likely, your loved one will need time to process what you say.
When you speak, have something prepared, although you do not have to read it off a piece of paper. Do your research and talk to your loved one about the different behavior patterns you find alarming. Use “I” statements rather than “you” statements. Say what you want to say, but do not let yourself become engaged in an argument or heavy discussion. Just state your case, tell your loved one you love and support him or her, and then end the conversation. Even if they do not seem to respond to what you say, you are planting a seed that will blossom at a future date, when the person is ready to change.
When Intervention is Necessary
Sometimes, it is necessary to stage an intervention in order to motivate a person to seek the necessary treatment. Although interventions are mostly associated with drugs and alcohol, they can be beneficial for any behavioral health problem, including mental disorders such as depression, anxiety. An intervention can be staged without the help of a professional, but it is beneficial to get assistance from one. An intervention provides a safe space for loved ones to tell a person about their concerns about an unhealthy behavioral pattern and encourage him or her to enter treatment. An intervention is not always necessary; sometimes a one-on-one conversation will help a person recognize a problem and seek treatment. However, if your loved one continues on a downward spiral despite multiple conversations, then it is time to stage an intervention and get him or her into treatment.
Finding the Right Treatment Program
You might play a large role in finding the treatment program for your family member’s drug addiction or mental health disorder. Often, a person will refuse to research and find the right treatment program for him or herself, or is unable to do so. You can help your loved one by finding a treatment program for him or her. If you are staging an intervention, you will need to decide upon a treatment program and arrange everything so that your loved one can enter right after the intervention. You should search for a facility that offers treatment for your loved one’s condition that utilizes a holistic, well-balanced treatment program, such as those offered at Drug Treatment Rehab Centers (DTRC).
Treatment at DTRC
DTRC offers state-of-the-art, evidence-based care for mental health disorders, addiction problems, and dual diagnosis. We combine expressive and experiential treatment modalities for a well-balanced approach to recovery that reduces the risk of relapse. Our biopsychosocial approach utilizes individual and group psychotherapy with proven complementary alternative activities such as yoga, meditation, music and art therapy, equine therapy, exercise programs, and nutritional education. We also offer a brain restoration program that repairs damage to the brain caused by addiction and mental health problems. Call our admissions team today at (805) 266-7122 to learn more about how to help a family member addicted to drugs or suffering from a mental health condition.