Helping a loved one
It is painful and difficult to care for a child, parent, partner, family member, or friend who is experiencing challenges with drinking or taking drugs. You feel anxious for them to find treatment or frustrated that you can’t do more to get them there.
Our Care Specialists are here to help. We have expert knowledge about the treatment landscape and provide guidance for finding support.
The difficult conversation
When your loved one feels ready to call us, we will listen to them and help them consider some steps they can take to start their treatment journey. Bringing up your concern with your loved one can be challenging, but there are some helpful ways to go about it.
These guidelines are based on the empirically supported approach known as Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT).
See: Meyers RJ, Wolfe BL. Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2004.
Smith JE, Meyers RJ. Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment: Working With Family Members. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2004.
How to explain what we do at Navigator
Assure your loved one that there are no obligations.
This is only an initial conversation, not a commitment to go to treatment.
When you speak to a Navigator Care Specialist, your personal situation will
always be treated with the utmost care and respect.
you need it
Reaching out to others for support can help keep things from becoming overwhelming. You are always welcome to call a Navigator Care Specialist for confidential guidance on how to support your loved one.
It could also help to connect with fellow friends and family of people managing substance use. Take a look at our support and resources page to find some networks to help you get started.