How to Confront an Addict

March 11, 2008


Sometimes it becomes necessary to discuss alcoholism or drug abuse with a loved one who suffers from it. This can be a very difficult situation. It’s emotionally draining at best, and can even be frightening if the addict has violent tendencies. However, when an individual denies they have a problem and refuses to seek help at an addiction treatment facility, this discussion must take place.

The ideal time to talk about an addiction problem is as soon as possible. If the drug and alcohol abuse have already gotten far out of hand, the situation will be more trying. Sometimes addicts simply don’t want to hear about the severity of their problem or that they need help from a rehab facility. In severe situations, family and friends can set up an intervention with a trained professional.

It’s important to try to have answers ready for the addict’s excuses for not seeking rehabilitation treatment. Some of the common excuses for refusing a treatment program are the addict claiming that they don’t need help or having issues with the time and money involved. Consider these concerns ahead of time. Do a little research into potential treatment facilities and methods of paying for them. Many private insurance plans and Medicaid can cover most of the cost. Remind the individual that the alternative to seeking addiction treatment could mean much more time lost than a few months in a rehab facility. If their life is being taken over by the addiction anyway, it can only improve.

However, remember to try to avoid further frustrating the person as much as possible. Remain calm and listen to their concerns when they speak. They may not be making logical arguments under the influence of alcohol and drug abuse, but they will respond better to the idea of a treatment center if they feel they are being listened to.


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