Four Ways of Supporting a Heroin Addict Without Enabling

Even if you are almost certain a loved one is on drugs, it can be incredibly difficult to deal with it. But Narconon points out that any time spent waiting for the individual to "solve his own addiction problems" is time spent flirting with danger — or death.

Four things you can do to help a loved one free themselves from addiction

To properly support a heroin addict onto and through the path of recovery, it is important to understand the difference between “helping” and “enabling.”

Helping a heroin addict means making them aware that you understand what they are going through and are willing to help them recover, but that you will not tolerate or support any further heroin use.

Enabling a heroin addict means allowing them to continue their heroin use by supporting their habit, intentionally or unintentionally.

Here are four things you can do to support and help a heroin addict:

1.  Learn all about heroin, heroin addiction, and heroin rehabilitation. The more you understand what your loved one is going through, the more you will be able to effectively support them onto and through the path of full recovery.

2.  Get help and support from others. Finding a reputable and effective rehabilitation treatment program with highly trained and experienced addiction counselors can help ensure you receive the help and support you need while you are giving your help and support to your loved one.

3.  Confront your loved one about their addiction. Whether you do this on your own, with other family members, or even with the help of a professional interventionist or addiction specialist, the main point is to calmly let your loved one know you are aware of their addiction, that you will not tolerate their continued drug use, and that you are willing and able to support them on the road to full recovery. Explain that you will withdraw financial and other support should they choose to refuse your help — you will no longer enable them, but only support them on the path to recovery.

4.  Foster hope. It can sometimes be difficult to be hopeful that a heroin addict will take control of their life and put an end to their addiction problems, but it is important to keep pushing for this outcome. Sometimes an individual receives an intervention and walks away, refusing to get help, only to turn around and ask for help a short time later. Be persistent in refusing to tolerate or enable your loved one’s further drug use, but always be willing to support their recovery wholeheartedly. You can strengthen your loved one’s ability to see the possibility of full recovery and to actually achieve it.

For nearly 50 years, the Narconon drug rehabilitation program has saved the lives of countless individuals who were thought lost to substance abuse forever. The Narconon mission is to provide an effective path for drug abuse rehabilitation and to assist society in reversing the scourge of drug abuse worldwide.

For more information on the Narconon program and our international network of centers across 50 nations, call 1 (877) 445-7113.

Source: Narconon

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