3 Things to Say to an Addict in Denial
Is your loved one an addict in denial of their addiction to drugs and/or alcohol? It can be tough to discuss your concerns about their drug and/or alcohol use, which is why it helps to know what to say ahead of time.
Things to Say to an Addict in Denial
It can be difficult to start a conversation with an addict in denial, especially when it comes to mentioning that you think they have a problem. However, it is critical to voice your concerns, inform your loved one about how their addiction can progress, and let them know that you are there to help them heal from this.
1. “I’m concerned that you have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol.”
When trying to talk to an addict in denial about their addiction, it’s important to remember that they may not even realize they are lying about having a problem. For example, your loved one may be so deep in their addiction that they cannot see the truth or reality of the situation. Letting your loved one know that you are concerned or worried that they may have a substance use issue is critical because it helps get the message out that you believe something is wrong and want to take the first step toward helping them. Acknowledging that there is a problem is a major first step.
2. “Abusing substances like drugs and/or alcohol can result in job loss, homelessness, health problems, and/or legal issues.”
Because your loved one is suffering from the disease of addiction, consequences will do little to deter them from using drugs and/or alcohol. With that being said, it’s still important to share the potential consequences so that your loved one can be aware of the dangers of continued substance abuse and untreated addiction. At the very least, telling your loved one about the consequences of addiction may plant a seed in their head that their substance use is a problem and can quickly escalate to become an even greater issue.
3. “I am here for you and want to support you.”
It’s important that you let your loved one know that you want to be there for support. At the same time, it is also critical to clarify that you won’t enable their use, meaning that you won’t continue to bail them out of jail, pay for their alcohol and/or drug habit, lie about or cover up their habit, etc. It’s necessary to let your loved one know that you do want to support their recovery though because it will show that you truly do care for their well-being and are willing to do whatever it takes to help get them on a path toward recovery.
Understanding Addiction & Recovery
Addiction is a disease that goes hand in hand with denial. Some addicts will deny they have a problem for years before getting help, which is why it is critical to address the problem when you become aware of it. If you continue to ignore that your loved one has an addiction and that they need help, then you are likely to end up enabling and/or prolonging their use. You may not be able to force your loved one to recover, but you can state your concerns, offer support or help, and set healthy boundaries. Recovering from addiction isn’t always simple, but it is possible.
If your loved one is an addict in denial and you would like support or assistance with intervening, you can call The Watershed’s free 24-Hour Help Line today at 1-800-861-1768.
It is possible to recover from addiction, and The Watershed wants to help your loved one get there. With our leading addiction treatment programs and services, your loved one can begin the process of recovery and work to maintain their sobriety long-term. Do not hesitate to call The Watershed for help today.Tags: Addiction, Denial, drug addiction, drug addiction treatment