If a person does not recognize that he has an addiction, it seems at first that we will not be able to help him. It is a difficult situation but it is quite common.


How to help a drug addict who doesn’t want help

Taking the step of getting treatment is the most difficult one. An addict takes a long time to recognize that he has an addiction.

The fact that the illness is not accepted is common in this disease. This occurs because the mind of this type of patient is modified to work with the drug. His brain has learned that using is to survive and therefore it is impossible for them to see each other without it. Telling them that you can live without drugs is a phrase they hear in another language, coded, and they don’t want to believe it.

Depending on the behavior of the patient, it is possible to distinguish which phase of drug addiction they are in. There are many cases of families who want to help an addict and in their firm will to do so, do not take into account that it is a mental disorder for consumption and therefore, specialized help is needed.



1 The environment and the family should go to a center specialized in addictions because there:

They advise the best way to act. They provide the tools so that you don’t fall into your blackmails and fruitless promises to quit. There comes a time when it is taken down to importance. They provide more information on how to make you see the consequences of continuing to use. Talking with people who have gone through the same situation is good for the family too.

Sometimes it is inevitable to send someone if there is no way to go to a specialized center. We should not try to convince them as parents or partners, friends or family. Addiction disorder is a disease. We cannot explain what happens to them just as we are not trained to explain Parkinson’s or Schizophrenia. Therefore, a specialist should do it.



2 Choose a good time to sit and talk and never when they have used

It is not a good idea to hold meetings with all members to convince him. The patient interprets them as encerronas and will become defensive and will end up reacting very badly. Also, most of the time, family communication is already broken. It is inevitable to make negative value judgments and quarrels may end up exploding above the underlying problem.



3 It is better not to threaten them with an ultimatum

It is not good to coerce them with actions that we will likely not perform. This only creates pressure because they look in the worst possible scenario and are going to consume more.

Be patient.  Don’t do police because you can’t control yourself. Your time will come because the addition is progressive and there is a point where you can no longer. Until that day comes, the day you ask for help, you just have to wait.

What if the situation is very serious? It depends on the phase you are in, YES you have to act, not threaten with words. And if you have to reach the end, it must be reached because it can be irreversible or cause greater evil. From denouncing him if he gets violent to turning off the tap to where he has power. The fewer ways we make it easier for you to consume better.



4 It is recommended that a recovering addict speak with him

Someone who has already gotten out of drugs and who speaks the same language. Because when a non-addict talks with them, it is more difficult for them to identify themselves at the beginning. They embrace the phrase that nobody understands them. Before a person who has already passed that process and who knows how his head is thinking, there is no room for victimhood arguments.



5 Focus on the problems around you

Many talk about a problem, but almost everyone gets under treatment with the vague illusion that they help them control consumption, not quit.  They want to stop having problems, not to consume. You have to go through the path of the problems they cause.



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