Avoid Words of Fear and Consequence 

When talking to someone suffering from addiction, keep in mind that they are going through one of the most trying times in their lives. Using the language of fear is nothing new and most likely has already been on repeat in their minds. Rather, keep things positive. Instead of explaining how their addiction makes things difficult, approach the topic from what they can accomplish without their addictions. 


Avoid Generics and Cliches

Generalities can hinder your overall ability to effectively communicate with the individual. Every case is different, and each person should be approached with this fact in mind. When trying to help someone recover, approach the conversation not as an addiction that needs to be fixed, but as if you are talking to that individual, in particular. Focus on addressing whatever problems they may be facing on that day. 


Don’t Be There for Them, Be There With Them

A person suffering from addiction will most likely not have too many external expectations of the people around them since addiction is a brutal, ongoing battle fought on the inside. This internal battle can lead them to feel isolated from those around them. Instead of asking what they need help with, put that effort towards being alongside the person. Approach their recovery as a teammate that is going through it with them. 


Changing your language is difficult and requires a delicate consciousness to implement. But remember that no matter how difficult it is, suffering from addiction is much harder. Struggling addicts can latch onto any word or trigger. As such, the more positivity and reassurance they receive, the better. 


At Alta Loma Transformational Living, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  Alta Loma uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, where you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 866-457-3843.