How can you help the patient?

  • Searching for information. Try to find all sorts of available information about the disease, because the extent to which you will be informed (and it is with the help of special literature), depends on the positive result of recovery of the patient.
  • Take care of yourself. Remember that you also need help and support. Don’t wait for the addict to look for a way out of the situation by asking for help. Do this before he does, get help from specialists, and sign up for codependent theme groups (Nar Anon and Al- Anon). These groups have now appeared in many cities in alcohol and drug treatment centers.
  • Try to get rid of the role of an indulgent addict in everything, it’s hard, but it needs to be done. Do not pay for his actions by your own actions (do not pay debts for him, do not try to protect in the eyes of neighbors, police, peers).
  • All your threats make no sense if they are never followed by decisive actions. So, if you can not do it, it is better not to threaten. Even drug addicts themselves, being cured, often say that if they saw real actions behind the words and threats of their loved ones, they would have decided much earlier on the need for treatment.
  • Only you may be able to see that important breakthrough, that crisis moment when the addict himself realizes his willingness to accept help. Believe me, he suffers from this terrible burden, and your task is to be patient and wait for this moment to come. Often it comes just in those moments when you have already lowered your hands, and you lose any hope of healing.
  • Having gained patience and courage, you should try to follow all the recommendations and advice, remembering that the long-awaited moment of recovery of the patient will certainly come. But you should always be ready, at any moment, and if necessary, offer him a variety of treatment options.
  • The patient himself wants to get help and treatment. It is always very difficult for him to take this first step. Your task is to help him understand the need for treatment, because the final decision is still his. Be patient, get sympathy, but do not feel sorry for him and remember that he is not infinitely strong, and he may get tired.