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Help A Loved One

 

Many people mistakenly believe that it is impossible to help an alcoholic or drug addict until the addicted individual admits the problem and decides to get help.

This is not true.

Because the disease of addiction can render a person incapable of controlling their actions or making rational decisions about their health, the responsibility for stopping the downward spiral often falls to friends, family members and other loved ones.

This section provides information about how to recognized signs of addiction in a loved one, and offers tips for helping your loved one get the help he or she needs.

Addiction can be a devastating experience both for the addicted individual and those who care about or are dependent upon the addicted individual. The good news is that loved ones can also play an essential role in ending the addictive behaviors and helping the person in crisis pursue lifelong recovery.