Watching a loved one descend into addiction can be one of the hardest things to witness. It can be stressful watching from the sidelines as someone you care about spirals out of control. And it may seem impossible for you to approach them about their behaviour. No one wants to risk losing a friend by bringing up such a sensitive topic. But there are ways to approach the situation in order to successfully express your concerns about their addiction.

Put yourself first

First and foremost, caring for yourself is the number one step. Before you can be a support system for your loved one you need to be in a good place. If you aren’t dedicating time for self care, you won’t be able to help your loved one to the best of your abilities.

Sooner rather than later

If someone you know is displaying toxic behaviors related to addiction, it’s better to nip it in the bud before it becomes a much larger problem. It may seem like a non-issue at first but it’s inevitably going to get worse. You will most likely regret not taking action sooner.

Avoid judgments

It’s best to approach your loved one and let them know that you’ve noticed a difference in their behaviour. It can be tense, and even awkward, to address your loved one’s addiction. But you can do it in a way that makes them more at ease about the situation. Avoid any judgments. You don’t want to make them feel like you’re coming from a place of hostility. Simply acknowledging that you are worried about them and their wellbeing is a great start.

It’s important to be calm and not point fingers because this can lead to your loved one closing themselves off from you. Approaching the situation from a place rooted in love is best when bringing up such a tricky topic.

Be their support

Addiction recovery is inevitably going to be tough. So, make yourself available for your loved one. You can be a great resource for them during their recovery! You’ve helped them acknowledge their problem so let them know that you’ll be there to support their journey!