3 Things Not To Say When A Loved One With Addiction Relapses—And 6 To Try Instead


It’s hard to know how to react. These addiction treatment providers can help.

By Carolyn L. Todd

Original Source: self.com

If someone you love is dealing with addiction, you’ve probably experienced a range of emotions from fear to anger to deep sadness and hope. Millions of people are right there with you. In 2017, 19.7 million Americans ages 12 and over met the diagnostic criteria for dependence on alcohol or illicit drugs at some point in the previous year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Those people have friends and family in your very shoes.

One tough aspect of this experience is determining how to react if your loved one relapses. While every situation is different, some approaches tend to be more effective—and kinder—than others. Here are three things you should avoid saying to a friend or family member after a relapse and six you should try instead.

Don’t say these:

1. “Why did you screw up your good streak?”

Questions or comments like, “How could you let this happen?” and, “I can’t believe you started drinking/using drugs again” imply your loved one…click here to continue reading