Substance abuse occurs on a continuum, the least being substance misuse issues with the most extreme known as substance use disorder. Over 23 million people residing in the United States are directly affected by substance abuse, with those indirectly impacted standing at over 60 million.

It's likely that you know of someone struggling with a health-related dilemma stemming from addiction and will need medical care in future. Knowing how you can help them when that time comes is an essential part of the recovery process.

Let's explore some of the ways you assist a family member in surviving a health-related dilemma.

5 Tips for Helping a Family Member Overcome a Health-Related Dilemma

1. Understand that you can't correct the issue directly 

Except for qualified mental health expert, never attempt to correct your loved one's drug or alcohol abuse problem. The National Institute on Drug Abuse outlines addictions as complicated and chronic conditions that call for medical intervention. Similar to how you wouldn't seek to cure an individual's diabetes or cancer, you shouldn't expect to rectify their addictions.

Your family member's safety isn't the only motive behind seeking professional help; the possible guilt may overwhelm you should your efforts to ‘get them better' fail to bear rewards. No matter the results of recovery efforts, you're never culpable for the result and more so with health-related dilemmas like addictions that affect our lives.

You need not agonize of where you can seek help, a simple alcohol rehab centers near me Google search prompt should help you identify institutions near you where you can find help.

2. Approach and listen compassionately and honestly

Supposing your loved one has a drug problem, be forthright and open with them on the matter. Hoping the individual will improve their situation by themselves won't better the position.

Open up to them and express your concerns about their addiction, say, they're drinking a lot, and assure them of your support.

Ready for possible negative reaction. Try to proceed smoothly with your opinions. Denial is a huge possibility in such cases, and the addict may respond strongly to your efforts. Don't take their reaction personally.

Allow time and space for them to make a straight decision and most importantly hear their views.

3. Practice what you'll tell them

Let your family member know of your availability, support, and care. Formulate supportive and positive statements. Avoid being hurtful, presumptuous and negative.

Using "I" in statements lowers the possibility of accusation and allows you to take an active role in the conversation. Bring up a particular concern – mention an unwanted incident that occurred like economic problems or violent behavior - owing to abuse issues.

4. Pick an appropriate time and place

Choose an appropriate time to engage in such as meaningful conversation. Opt for a private place to avoid interruptions to guarantee each other's attention. Ensure your loved one isn't pre-occupied or upset with other issues. Even more importantly, he or she must be sober.

5. Offer your support

You can't compel anyone to seek help for their problems. The much you can do is offer assistance. It's up to your loved one to choose whether to take it. Be sincere, non-judgmental and empathetic. Put yourself in the person shoes.

(Last Updated On: October 28, 2020)

A senior academic researcher, reviewer, and editor, Dr. Declan Pouros is also an internationally accredited psychotherapist. He earned his PhD in Psychological Counseling and Guidance, and in the years since, he has taught in the Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance himself.He has also authored papers that have gone on to appear in such world-renowned journals as the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Psychological Reports, the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. Asia Pacific Psychiatry, and Computers in Human Behaviour.