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How to help an addict in the family

Helping a loved one to overcome their addiction to alcohol or drugs can be frustrating, lonely and exhausting, but support for the family is widely available and encouraged. Drug and alcohol rehab specialists Port of Call explains how to help an addict by helping yourself.

It is common for worried family members, such as parents, spouses and siblings to feel angry and helpless after having tried everything to help a loved one to take action on their addiction, only for their efforts to be ignored, or be met with denial and unpredictable mood swings. This is when professional help is vital.

Professional support can make a significant difference to your family’s wellbeing and your loved one’s recovery. It can be unclear, however, where to turn to for the appropriate support or what to do next. This is where Port of Call can help.

Watch our video to hear about other people’s experiences of living with addiction.


Interventions can be powerful

An alcohol or drug intervention can be a powerful way to show your addicted loved one how their behaviour has a broad-ranging impact on the family. Earlier interventions are often more successful and can lead to their addiction being managed through to recovery sooner.

Interventions are normally facilitated by a counsellor, or interventionist, and actively supported by family, friends and anyone else concerned with the welfare of someone in need of addiction support. Nothing comes close in terms of highlighting your concerns and the devastating effects of their addiction than this type of display of solidarity.

Port of Call can organise every aspect of your intervention programme. Following a free and confidential telephone assessment, we can secure a fully qualified counsellor, or interventionist, to facilitate the entire process for you and your family.

Consider family counselling

Port of Call founder, Martin Preston, passionately believes that family counselling is necessary for families of an addict as they need their own help to support a loved one with their addiction. Martin said:
“We urge you to reach out and ask for help, not only for your loved one, but for you too. Getting help for yourself may feel counterintuitive but it can help you to understand the illness of addiction further. “

He goes on to say that “It also sends a clear signal to the person that you are trying to help and may motivate them to address their problem. Help for the helper is widely available. You are not alone with this.”

Port of Call can also arrange counselling sessions for families dealing with addiction in the family. Through our trusted network of professional addiction counsellors, we can ensure that you receive all the care and support you need to remain informed and equipped to share the burden of care with someone who truly understands what you’re going through.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with addiction we can help you to access the right addiction help at the right time. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 08000029010. Whether you are looking for drug or alcohol treatment in Manchester, all the way down to London, we can help guide you on your journey towards active recovery.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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