Family Support

Resources to help families support loved ones battling addiction.


Family Support

Resources to help families support loved ones battling addiction.

Resources for families supporting loved ones who are battling addiction

Disclaimer: the resources below have been curated from the internet and helped me to understand Kai's addiction. I encourage you to do your own research as I have no way of qualifying if these are the "best" resources available.


Spotting signs of addiction

WebMD: Painkillers, Narcotics Misuse, and Addiction

Delta Medical Center: Opiate Abuse Side Effects, Addiction Signs, & Symptoms

Opiate Abuse Signs & Symptoms

Narconon: Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse


How to help and support addicts


5 Tips for Family and Friends of an Opiate Addict

NIH: Addiction Support Resources for Families

How to Help an Opiate Addict

How to Help with Opiate Addiction

WebMD: Treating an Addiction to Painkillers

Opiate Addiction Treatment & Withdrawal

Family Involvement is Important in Substance Abuse Treatment


things you can do for the addict

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  • Educate yourself on addiction and recovery.
  • Try not to accuse or judge. Avoid name calling. This is a difficult time for both of you.
  • Provide a sober environment that reduces triggers for using.
  • Allow the addict time to go to meetings.
  • Understand that your lives will change. Do not wish for your old life back. Your old life to some extent is what got you here. You both need to create a new life where it is easier to not use alcohol or drugs.
  • Make sure that you both have time for fun. People use alcohol and drugs to relax, escape, and as a reward. The addict needs to find alternative ways to relax, escape, and as a reward otherwise they will turn back to their addiction.
  • Do not enable. Do not provide excuses or cover up for the addict.
  • Do not shield the addict from the consequences of their addiction. People are more likely to change if they have suffered enough negative consequences.
  • Set boundaries that you all agree on. The goal of boundaries is to improve the health of the family as a whole. Do not use boundaries to punish or shame.
  • If you want to provide financial support, buy the goods and services the addict needs instead of giving them money that they might use to buy alcohol or drugs.
  • Recognize and acknowledge the potential the addict has within them.
  • Behave exactly as you would if your loved one had a serious illness. What would you do if they were diagnosed with heart disease or cancer?