How to Talk to Your Loved One About Substance Abuse

Talking to a loved one about their drug and/or alcohol addiction can be difficult, draining, and nerve-wracking. While it’s possible that your loved one will be open to seeking treatment, he or she may also be opposed to the idea. He or she may not even want to admit that he or she has a problem. So what can you do? Well the best thing to do is to plan ahead.
Here are a few strategies you can implement when you are speaking with your friend, spouse, or family member about their substance misuse.
Talk to Other Family Members and Loved Ones
It’s possible that there are others in your circle or family that have already tried to talk to the person in question. Make sure you talk to them to get an update on the situation. They may also have some tips for you on what to say or not say, and they may want to even be involved in the discussion.
Plan Out What You Are Going to Say
You don’t want to go in there and just wing it. You want to have a plan. You want to know what you are going to say to your loved one. What are the goals of this talk? Do you want her to seek rehabilitation? Do you want her to go to a recovery meeting? Understand what the objective is before you talk to your loved one.
Find a Good Time and Place
You want to speak to your loved one in a quiet and safe space at a time that is convenient to both of you. If there are distractions or if the person you are talking to has something else to do, it is unlikely that he or she will stay and listen to you.
There are numerous ways to approach a loved one about addiction. Make sure you consider some of the above advice before you try to confront your loved one.