Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

3 Ways You Can Comfort a Loved One Who Struggles with an Addiction

Living with an addiction is no joke. Even when someone is in recovery, they can find themselves tempted by substances. This can follow them for years, making it a daily struggle. It’s also incredibly difficult for the people around them. If you’re in a relationship with someone who struggles with an addiction, you might have a lot on your plate. You want to show your support for them, but you also want to make sure that they’re able to stay healthy. Here are three ways you can comfort a loved one who struggles with an addiction.

Listen to Them

If you’ve never been through an addiction, it will be difficult for you to fully understand them. You might understand in an academic sense but not in a personal one. Therefore, you need to listen to them as much as possible. Let them tell you about what they’re going through. Recovery from addiction can be a very emotional and physically taxing time.

Don’t let them make any excuses for mistreatment or hurtful words. If they do something that bothers you, it’s your right to speak up. You might also look for a support group for loved ones of addicts, in order to help you better understand what you’re going through. When the two of you have time to spend alone together, make sure you cherish it as much as possible.

Don’t Enable

Enabling an addict is one of the most dangerous things you can do. It involves looking the other way or making excuses for harmful actions. Those who enable drug addicts will give them money that might support their habit. They’ll also take a halfhearted approach to their loved one’s recovery. If you want to avoid enabling, you need to put your foot down.

Don’t let your loved one depend on you for things. You need to make it abundantly clear that they need to be accountable for themselves. However, you can offer them support through helping them look for jobs. It’s just important that they are autonomous in their decision-making.

Find Support for Them

While you can provide a great deal of support for your loved one, you won’t be able to provide all of it. You need to help them find the proper support. This could be through recovery groups and rehab centers such as drug treatment centers in utah. At these places, your loved one can receive top-notch medical care and emotional support. They’ll be in a safe environment where they can focus on their recovery. Make sure that they know that the recovery process is never-ending and that your loved one is able to handle it for the rest of their life.

A great way to keep them on track is through a sponsor at their support group. This person will act as a mentor who can consult with them about what they’re going through. You should also understand that there are certain things they will discuss in their support groups that they won’t be able to share easily with you. Don’t try to pressure them, as this will hurt the bond of trust.

We hope this has given you a great idea of how you can comfort a loved one who is struggling with an addiction. This can be a very challenging time, for you, your loved one, and those around you. If you believe that this relationship has a strong enough bond, you should be able to keep it going. Make sure that you are prepared for any difficulties along the way. There’s also one important thing to remember: your loved one is only human, as are you. Don’t have your expectations too high. Take things slowly and understand the value of patience and understanding.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: Error validating access token: Session has expired on Saturday, 09-Feb-19 10:16:27 PST. The current time is Wednesday, 23-Oct-19 13:52:15 PDT.
Type: OAuthException
Code: 190
Subcode: 463
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.

IFCS On Twitter

Thank you so much to @ChristianBros Highlands Ranch, Arapahoe Road, and Ken Caryl for helping our clients last weekend, they took care of so many ailing hearts and sick vehicles. Though the hope they gave, lives were changed. We so appreciate your support of IFCS year-round!

Sarah &Javon, Arapahoe Community College Dean of Students sharing excitement for the Food Bank. We visited last week to learn more about the school's programs for students in need and to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Thank you to Rotary Club of Highlands Ranch for their continuous support of our Hunger Alleviation Programs. We are proud to partner with them. Thank you for being a Gold Sponsor of the October 26th Boo-athon Halloween Bowling event.

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations




Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)