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• Resist the urge to judge them. The temptation to be judgmental when you see someone sliding downhill will be strong and there is no doubt about that. The urge to lecture him or her about how to shape up will be tough to resist by far. Being too harsh won’t help at all, though. It will only drive him further into his addiction and cause him to be worse off than he was before. Be honest without using judgment when confronting an addict. Remember that he has a disease that is very hard to get rid of and that, while his initial choices led him down this path, it is now very difficult for him to give up his habit and end off on it.
• Be honest about your emotions and don’t let them control you. Addicts often don’t realize just how much their actions impact those around them, which is quite a flaw and needs to be addressed. Tell your loved one in a simple and straightforward way how his actions make you feel and be upfront about it. Sometimes the loved ones of addicts want to act stronger than they feel deep down inside. Trying to protect him from the pain he is causing you is helping no one. By any means at all. Be calm when you tell him and maintain empathy, but don’t hold back either.
• Consider an intervention with the addict. When you have given communication your all and your efforts continue to fail to bring about any changes or productive responses in your loved one, it may be time to turn to a professional for help and to take this to the next level. An intervention is a gathering of family and friends to confront someone with an addiction and to give him options for getting help and it is quite successful. There are professionals who are experienced in organizing and leading these events too. Interventions can be intense so it helps to have either an addiction specialist or a therapist on hand to decompress the situation, to answer questions and to help lead the event for all involved. When you have been unable to talk to him with any success, he may need several people to get the message across to him.Tackling an addiction is not hard. But it is also not easy. With proper rehab it can be done, and it must be done.