5 excellent tips and explanations on helping someone with alcohol or drug addiction. On Spiritual River.
Spiritual River is about overcoming addiction, based on the idea that personal growth is a mechanism for maintaining sobriety.
As an example the most hard one is usually setting limits and boundaries between yourself and the addicted.
One example of setting a boundary is telling a close friend that you prefer they not be around you if they are drunk or high. Notice that it is specific, and you have to sit down and communicate this type of request explicitly with someone. Setting a boundary like this is difficult because there is this tendency to hurt other’s feelings.
Another important observation on that matter:
If a person is in complete denial of their addiction, then there is little that you can do other than focus on your own behaviors and actions. The best that you can do in this case might be to communicate your boundaries with the person and let it be known that you won’t be bailing them out of any jams.