It is very important to remember that someone who abuses alcohol or drugs will continue to do so as long as the consequences of use do not outweigh the benefits. Once substance abusers experience more consequences and fewer benefits, they may begin to understand it’s time to get help.
In the meantime, do not feel obliged to cover up for another person’s habits, or make excuses about his or her behavior, that only puts you in the position of co-dependency and enabling. As much as you may want a substance abuser to get help, you can’t force an individual to get help, begging or threatening won’t work either. You can only encourage someone to consider treatment as an option. Recovery will come, only if and when the substance abuser truly decides to seek a healthier lifestyle.
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