Motivating Someone to Seek Help

Denial is an essential component of becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs– after all, none of us really like to admit we have a problem with anything; and in the addictive process this tendency becomes all the more pronounced.

Helping someone else quit, whether you are a recovered addict yourself or not,  can be a process full of difficult conversations. Knowing how to have these conversations is essential. Maybe you have sought help from drug treatment centers in Denver or maybe you have asked friends, either way, preparing yourself will be helpful. 

Denial is a major barrier in the way of overcoming alcoholism or drug addiction– an absolutely essential first step is for the person to actually accept that at least they might have a problem. If the person you are concerned about does not admit that they might have a problem (in professional terms this is called Pre-Contemplation), you are facing an, almost, impossible task . If they are able to reach this conclusion, then they may become amenable to speaking to a professional in confidence. If they remain convinced there is no problem, then it is highly unlikely that they will wish to speak to anyone– after all, what would be the point?

The bottom line here is that people nearly always need to make decisions for themselves. This is not just related to alcoholism or drug use, but is generally true in life. Someone is much more likely to want to do something if they feel that this has been their own decision, rather than an ‘order’ from someone-else, or that they have to do it just to keep someone else happy.

Motivating Someone to Seek Help


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