How to know if your loved one is caught in the grip of addiction? Addiction is not a habits, but mental illness. Are you or your loved one suffering from drug or any type of addiction?

  • Do your relatives or friends ask you/him to reduce or stop your/his addiction?
  • When your/his family asks you to stop or work, do you get angry?
  • Do you have self-aggrandizement after getting intoxicated and feel that it would have been better if you had not drugged/addicted?
  • Do you ever feel the need to get drunk/drugged to start the day?
  • How often you/him control the thoughts related to addiction?

If three of those question’s answer is yes, then you/your love one is suffering from this mental illness. We have to understand that addiction is an affair of the family as a whole, in which the family also gets disturbed mentally, socially, financially, and sometimes physically. Hence, the family has an important role in getting out of this mental illness. It’s necessary to know how the family should treat the patient so that he could come out of the disease.

 What not to do for a family:

  • Often it is seen that family for the sack of its reputation, covers or ignore someone’s addiction, treating them as a once-in-a-time habit. When your loved one is intoxicated/drugged/drunk, do not cover his addiction, rather make him realize that it is his fault and he should try not to repeat it in the future. If this doesn’t work for him, then it is better to consult some experts and take an appropriate decisions.
  • Most families consider the responsibilities of an addicted person, as their own responsibilities. This gives them the chance that they are now free from their duties, due to which their tendency to move towards alcohol or drugs increases

rapidly. For instance, wife/relative doing a job or work extra so that their family’s bills are being paid on time.

What positive changes should the family bring in themselves?

  • Getting more and more knowledge about the disease of addiction will not only help you to understand the tendency of an addict, but also help others to cop-up with him. It’s important that we treat the patient as not guilty for their addiction, treat him appropriately.
  • If the patient is drunk/drugged, do not try to convince him to stop the addiction, rather when he is sober, then talk to him about the effect of the addiction.
  • If a person believes that he is suffering from the addiction, then ask him if he wants to get treatment.
  • Seeking the help of his close friends to know the causes of the addiction.
  • When the patient is sober, it is the responsibility of the family to prepare him, for how his time will pass out, because loneliness leads to the situation of going back to addiction.
  • Feed the patient on time and maintain his diet plan. Minimize the sweets intake, having an empty stomach, and eating sweet makes the mind more & more impulsive for addiction.
  • Build a positive relationship with the patient so that he can talk to you freely. 
  • When the patient is in recovery, the family’s expectation grows in time, but we need to understand that it is a very long process followed by several steps. Therefore, it’s quite possible that a person can be vulnerable and start using substances/drink again. At that point family should approach an expert immediately, support him by not losing hope.
  • Since it’s a time taking process that needs a high level of conviction.  Hence it is necessary for the family to take care of their mental health for which they can engage themselves in those activities which makes them happy and productive.


 Praveen Shrivastava

Counseling psychologist

Happy Home Rehabilitation, Indore

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