Three Ways To Support One’s Addiction Recovery Without Kicking Them Out

Are you facing the challenge of having a loved one struggling with drug use in your home? Is the pressure mounting, with everyone suggesting that kicking them out is the only solution? These circumstances can bring immense worry, confusion, and strain on relationships. But here’s the good news: you don’t have to resort to drastic measures. In this video, I share practical alternatives that can help you navigate this difficult situation successfully with empathy and understanding.
First, I emphasize the importance of educating yourself about substance use and addiction recovery. You’ll discover that many commonly held beliefs about addiction and recovery are outdated. By accessing reliable sources like the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Recovery Research Institute, you can gain a deeper understanding and develop empathy for your loved one’s struggles.
Next, I introduce the concept of using respectful accurate language that supports, rather than stigmatizes. Employing accurate and updated terminology around addiction fosters an atmosphere of love, support, and understanding, rather than judgment and shame. I provide examples of person-centered language that promotes a positive mindset for change.
Lastly, I discuss the significance of establishing open and honest communication. Addiction hampers effective communication but using “I” statements instead of “you” statements allows you to express your concerns without attacking or blaming your loved one. This approach keeps the lines of communication open and allows them to empathize with your perspective.
Remember, you don’t have to be alone on this journey. For answers to questions or further guidance, contact me today at Together, we can find healthier alternatives to support your loved one through their challenges and strengthen your family bonds. Watch the video now and take the first step towards a more understanding and compassionate approach.