Baker, LA, February 10, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Ricky Sinclair of Miracle Place Church explains how to help someone that needs help with substance abuse. It is difficult to witness any close friend or relative struggle with an addiction or substance abuse. It is always possible that the habit will change that person’s behavior for the worse, sometimes making them unrecognizable. More often than not, addicts will refuse to either see or become unable to see that what they have on their hands is a serious problem. Addicts often need a great deal of help to overcome their issues with substance abuse, which is never limited to getting sober or receiving treatment.
You cannot suffer silently at the sight of a loved one spiraling downward on account of their addiction. You have to speak up and say something directly to them about it. Addiction is easier treated in its early stages of development, whether it is detected by a professional or recognized by a friend. Surely, saying something directly is difficult, but the right thing to do is not always easy. Just remember to indicate your support and how much you care.
Perhaps the best thing you can do besides speaking up is offering your own support to someone you care about who is struggling with an addiction. Bear in mind that being supportive does not mean fulfilling any of your friend’s or relative’s responsibilities. Don’t offer to pay bills or run errands thinking that it will protect them.
Find More Help
Doing research on organizations, specialists or other people that can help is a wise idea. An organization could deliver the exact kind of treatment an addict needs, especially if they need to detoxify their body in order to become sober. Organizations or specialists may also extend faith-based counseling or spiritually therapeutic programs to diminish cravings and triggers. 12-step programs have survived in the world of addiction recovery for a reason: they work.
Also investigate ways that you may be able to help your friend or family member once they have completed a treatment program. You can refer them to one of the many organizations or shelters that provide transitional housing, job search services, and other support systems. Many things are crucial for a recovering addict to stay sober, structure and continued support being some of the most important.
Training and Counseling
Education and counseling can also provide recovering addicts with a newfound feeling of normalcy. Any sort of educational opportunity could be a fantastic start provided it is the right fit for the individual. Continued counseling or therapy is also helpful and effective for recovering addicts and their friends and families alike.
Ricky Sinclair is a bishop at Miracle Place Church located in Baker, LA. Ricky is also founder of the All The Way House. A faith-based substance abuse program in Baker, LA. If you know anyone needing help please contact us www.allthewayhouse.org