Letting your loved ones know that you are struggling with drugs or alcohol can be scary and overwhelming. Preparing for this conversation can help you confront this sensitive issue and get the support you need.
- Plan What You Want to Say. You don’t have to go into every detail, but it is important that you are honest about your addiction and how it is affecting you.
- Avoid Fighting. Placing the blame on them or making excuses might push your loved ones away.
- Be Prepared for Their Reactions. Understand that your loved ones might need some time to process the news. Once the anger, fear, or hurt wears off, they are likely to be more understanding and supportive.
- Give Them a Chance to Speak. Your addiction might have affected them more than you know, and they may want to share their feelings or questions with you.
- Discuss Your Plan. Telling them what you plan to do to get sober can provide your loved ones with a sense of relief.
- Ask for Help. Let your loved ones know that you cannot do this alone and that you need their love and support.