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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.

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