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Monday, December 3, 2007

5 tips on How to Help an Alcohol or Drug Addict

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.


Anonymous said...

These tips are good for someone who does not want to get involved. It is understandable to want to set boudaries if you do not want take part in drugs or alcohol as much as your friend does. Also, if one is in denial of his or her addiction, there are alternative routes to get them help without the person having any knowledge of you doing so. I work for A&E and one way is through a television show called A&E Intervention. This show provides a team of specialists to help individuals with their habbits without them knowing our objective. The person comes on the show thinking they are being filmed for a documentary about his or her bad habbit. The season priemer of the show airs tonight (December 3rd) at 9m/8c, so be sure to check it out. Clips and trailor scenes can be seen on

Nithya said...

I totally agree about setting boundaries but when a person is already an addict to alcohol/ drugs what would you recommend?
I was an alcohol addict once but I have recovered wouldnt call it 100% but close to it.


Suffering from an addiction. This website has a lot of great resources and treatment centers.