Addiction Help. How to help someone with an addiction

“Addiction help? Where to start?” For loved ones who want to help, knowing what to do and and what will really help someone beat their addiction can be really confusing. 

Addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling and all the other addictive behaviours make no sense to those on the outside desperate to help. 

It can be frustrating and lonely when having someone close to you suffering an addiction. It is common to feel powerless, confused and in need of direction, so that you can be useful and supportive. there are mutual aid groups dedicated to supporting those learning to recover like AA, NA and SMART recovery but not everyone is ready to take on support and so you may need to help them yourselves or access specialist professionals like myself.

Simple strategies to help a loved one

There are some simple approaches and techniques that you can apply both within your own life and also as part of your support to the person experiencing the addiction to best make them feel valued and to help someone with an addiction, no matter what the addiction is. Pick and choose the right strategies and suggestions for you and you will find that you are more able to help someone with an addiction.


Some of the tips and suggestions may appear to have almost nothing to do with the immediate needs of those that you are seeking to help. Addiction is often considered as solely about the activity (drinking etc) and whatever that happens to be.

This behaviour is only part, and in many cases only a small part of what is significant for the addict.To beat the addiction, the addict must find themselves again. The strategies in this section of the website will help to make this possible.

To build a new life, build a new lifestyle

Addiction help and long term recovery can come from many sections of life which blend together to rebuild the life of your loved ones. Many of the techniques here are about lifestyle change by building a healthy body, a healthy mind and improving a person's sense of themselves and their potential. The combination of these elements are key to helping someone to learn to live without returning to their addictive behaviour. Some of the strategies to help someone with an addiction may be very difficult to implement and some of these strategies may result in a person being unkind; be mindful that the behaviour of someone in addiction is governed by their desire to meet the desperate and short term needs of their addiction.


Once this has been addressed the real, kind, sensitive and loving person will be restored back to you. So even when you adopt these approaches, recovery will not be immediate, nor will it be easy to deal with the conflicting feelings that can be experienced.

People find a success in their recovery everyday, but always after hard work, relapse is part of that journey.

Rewards are worth it

This section is full of useful addiction help tips and suggestions which are promoted by professionals to allow anyone to help support someone in addiction to grow in confidence, keep working on their addictions and to reach their true potential in life.

Whatever you chose to do, the work will be demanding but the rewards of someone finding their recovery will massively outweigh this.

Trust the people you love, they may surprise you.

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