Our Clients > Friends & Family
Things You Can Do For Your Friend/Family Member with an Addiction
- Educate yourself on addiction and recovery.
- Try not to accuse or judge. Avoid name calling. This is a difficult time for both of you.
- Provide a sober environment that reduces triggers for using.
- Allow the individual time to go to meetings or counselling.
- Make sure that you both have time for fun. People use alcohol and drugs to relax, escape, and as a reward. They need to find alternative ways to relax, escape, and as a reward otherwise they will turn back to their addiction.
- Do not enable. Do not provide excuses or cover up for the person with an addiction.
- Do not shield them from the consequences of their addiction. People are more likely to change if they have suffered enough negative consequences.
- Set boundaries that you all agree on. The goal of boundaries is to improve the health of the family as a whole. Do not use boundaries to punish or shame.
- If you want to provide financial support, buy the goods and services needed instead of giving them money that they might use to buy alcohol or drugs.
- Recognize and acknowledge the potential or strengths of the individual.
– Alanon-Alateen for friends and family of problem drinkers
– Support groups for friends and family
– Information for Parents
– Centre For Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
– CAMH: Ontario Student Drug Use Survey (OSDUHS 2013
– Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
– Crisis & Youth Outreach Support Team (COAST)
– Drug & Alcohol Helpline