helping my loved one through addiction
We are here for you, too
Witnessing a loved one struggling with addiction can be stressful. You might feel at a loss for how to help them, and even want to blame them or yourself for their addiction. At Eleanor, we are here to help both you and your loved one through this.
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How you can help your loved one
In a given year, there are 23.5 million people over the age of 12 who need treatment for substance use disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. So remember - you are not alone. More importantly, your loved one's addiction is nobody's fault, and is not a moral failing or character flaw. Rather, addiction is a treatable chronic illness, just like diabetes or heart disease, that has rewired the reward center of their brain. This rewiring tells the brain that using a particular substance such as opioids or alcohol is a behavior that should be remembered and repeated. Check out this helpful article to understand more about the science of addiction. The first step in supporting your loved one is to continue to love them unconditionally, and point your hurt or anger at the illness rather than the person. Feel empowered to have open and honest conversations about their substance use, and also hold them accountable for their actions. Most importantly, don't feel guilty about prioritizing your own health and wellness. To best help your loved one, you need to first get help for yourself. Your loved one may not be ready for treatment right now, and that is okay. In the meantime, get educated about harm & stigma reduction, and encourage your loved one to use safely and always have Naloxone (Narcan) on hand. Learn more about how to reduce the shame and stigma of addiction here
- Understand that your loved one's addiction is nobody's fault
- Start thinking about their addiction as a chronic illness, just like diabetes
- Remember that you need and deserve to prioritize your own health & wellness
- Educate yourself on stigma reduction, and encourage your loved one to use safely
start making a change today
Here are some things that you can do today to support your loved one
Take an online course at We the Village
This online course gives you the knowledge and skills to finally help your loved one get through addiction recovery.
Find harm reduction resources near you
The National Harm Reduction Coalition connects poeple who use drugs & their loved ones to resources and community.
Engage in therapy at Eleanor Health
We can offer therapy and other support to ensure that you are mentally ready to support your loved one. Not ready for our care? Join our free support groups instead.
Not sure what type of treatment your loved one might need?
Treatment is not a one-size first all approach, and there are different programs and types of support available. Shatterproof, a non-profit aimed to reduce stigma in addiction, created an assessment to help you navigate the different care options and identify what type of program might work best for your loved one.
starting treatment at eleanor
When your loved one is ready, we hope they will join our community
We provide whole-person, evidence-based care designed to help your loved one achieve long-term recovery. Their personalized care plan will include medication-assisted treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms, medication management for co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety or depression, and support from peers with lived addiction experience.
Give us a call to make an appointment. With verbal consent from your loved one, you can make the appointment on their behalf.
We'll work with you to verify their insurance or review other payment options.
Your loved one will receive emails & text messages with appointment information and reminders.
resources & information
Read more about supporting your loved one through their recovery Explore our blog
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