Friends, Family & Loved Ones

How to treat addiction offers confidential consultations, family support through online counselling for those affected by their loved ones addiction




Addiction is a serious illness, progressive, chronic and fatal which doesn’t just affect the individual but those around them mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and financially.


Watching someone you love struggle with addiction can be incredibly painful and soul destroying. Being helpless can be one of the most powerful emotions a person feels.

Can you relate to any of the following?:

Your loved one does not listen or care about anyone else but themselves.

Constantly asking yourselves why can’t they just stop.

The constant worry whether they will ever get help.

Not knowing what is best or the right thing to do.

Or worrying you will wake one morning to find them dead.


Before you can help anyone else you need to help yourself. This may seem selfish but if you have ever travelled on an aeroplane there is a very good reason why you are told to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping anyone else.

Active family support and participation in the recovery process is proven to be highly beneficial. The more you can learn about addiction and ways you can help yourself as well as your loved one the more chance everyone has to recover.

Family support has been shown to be beneficial to long-term sobriety. It also helps with forgiveness and dealing with the pain that was caused during active using.




These behavioural characteristics do not always indicate addiction, but if you are noticing more than just the occasional incident then your loved one may be struggling with addiction.

  • Unexplained absences from work or home, missed appointments, failure to attend family functions
  • Frequently borrowing money with what initially appears to be plausible reasons: problems with car, customer or employer not paid bill/wages – however these reasons begin to raise suspicions
  • Gradual deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene
  • Wearing long sleeves when inappropriate i.e. hot weather,
  • Personality change – excessive tiredness, mood swings such as agitation, short temperedness, passive aggression, anxiety, depression
  • Loss of interest in their favourite things, sports, hobbies etc
  • Insomnia or sleep at strange hours, sickness,
  • Secrecy, change of friendship group or spending a lot of time alone
  • Possess drugs and/or paraphernalia
  • Hyper, very energetic, talking fast, repeating themselves or saying things that don’t make sense and jumping from one subject to another.
  • Personal possessions missing ie guitar, iPad and giving ‘lame’ excuses e.g. item is at work or friend’s house
  • Sleeping more than usual or a lack of need for sleep
  • Unexplained ailments. Going to see new doctors or changing doctors frequently.


Our individual online Skype consultation has been set up to help both those who are addicted and their family members so if you are unsure where to turn then this may be a good starting point for you. More information about our addiction family support programme can be found here.

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