When a friend or a loved one is struggling with addiction, they can believe that there is no hope for them. They might think that their addiction is what defines them and that there is no path out. It’s not your responsibility to decide whether or not they get sober, but you can use these methods to give them some hope.

 

Love and Encouragement

 

An addict can easily feel like a pariah. They may believe that their disease means they are unworthy of any sort of affection. You don’t have to tolerate their addiction, but you can show them love and encouragement. The Gottman Institute talks about how it’s important to focus on the problem and not the person when providing support to loved one. Rather than treating an addict as a problem, give them support as they work toward improving their situation. Love them by reminding them of how you truly care about their well-being.

 

Encourage them by helping them to persevere—even when they’re feeling discouraged. Focus on what they’re doing well and on how they can improve in certain areas. You should be clear that you are wanting to bring out the best in them and aren’t trying to cast judgment.

 

Hope

 

Hope is what keeps people going in times of trouble. No matter how bad things are, hope can provide one with the feeling that things are going to be okay. Summit Malibu explains that a negative outlook in life often leads to feelings of anger, hopelessness, and eventual relapse. It’s important to inspire hope and positivity in addicts.

 

Ask your loved one what hope means to them. There’s no one correct answer, as it’s up to their personal interpretation. Even realizing that hope is still possible can keep an addict feeling optimistic. The only way to overcome a feeling weakness is to find room for strength. In truth, hope in recovery is all about maintaining a positive outlook.

 

Prayers and Faith

 

In times of crisis, many have turned to faith. No matter what someone’s specific beliefs are, they can make a grand difference when coping with addiction. ConnectUS encourages addicts to turn to prayer to help them through the recovery process. Addicts don’t have to belong to any specific religion in order to pray and have faith. If you belong to a church, ask your loved one if they’d like to come with you to a service.

 

They shouldn’t feel any sort of pressure to join. Faith can get someone through the darkest times of their lives and make them feel like there really is a higher power watching over them. If they ever feel tempted to relapse, they can call upon their faith and feel protection. This can help them feel like there truly is a place for them in this world.

 

Surrounded by darkness, the light at the end of the tunnel can seem like an impossible concept. An addict can spend years believing they are lesser and unworthy of salvation. You can provide them with guidance and hope that shows them that people truly care about them and want them to succeed.

 

At LOUD Summit, we seek to inspire people to change the world and be a light of hope to others. Learn more about how you can join the movement.

 

 

 

Colleen Batchelder

Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions.

When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.
Colleen Batchelder
Colleen Batchelder"> Colleen Batchelder
Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions. When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.

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