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How to Tell Someone That You Are Struggling With Addiction

by on Monday, April 5th, 2021

talking to someone about your addiction

Coming to the realization that you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction can be challenging, but it is an essential step in your recovery. However, knowing how to discuss this with a trusted loved one can be confusing. You may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or anxious about telling someone you love and trust about what you have been struggling with. However, it is necessary to help you move forward in recovery. Here is how to tell someone that you are struggling with addiction.

Be Honest and Direct

It is important to remember that you cannot beat around the bush when approaching a sensitive subject with a loved one. They cannot read your mind and won’t understand what you are going through if you don’t tell them directly. Tell them what you are going through and that you want to seek help for your addiction. Tell them why you are seeking help now and how they can support you. By being direct, they will better understand what you are asking for and know how to support you properly.

Prepare for Resistance

Addiction can damage relationships, especially with the ones you love most. While you may want and even expect a positive reaction from your loved one, this may not be the case. You may have hurt them during your struggles with addiction, and they may respond defensively or in anger. They also may not understand the depths of what you are going through or the basic science behind addiction. While it is good to expect the best, make sure you prepare for the worst.

Don’t Feel Ashamed

While this is most likely brand new territory for you, it is essential to remind yourself not to be ashamed. Be proud that you are being brave enough to ask for help and realize you are struggling. It takes a lot to admit you need help, but standing strong and accepting yourself can go a long way.

Admitting you need help with addiction takes a lot of guts, and you should feel proud of yourself for taking that step. However, you may still be unsure how to approach the subject with a loved one. Luckily, Restorations Therapy is here to help. We strive to provide top-quality treatment for those struggling with addiction and their loved ones to heal the relationships broken by the disease. We can walk you through each step of asking for help and ensure you receive proper care through our individualized treatment programs. Contact us today to learn more and start your healing journey. Call (720) 446-6585.

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