Addiction can ruin a person. Friends need to know when to step in and discuss a friend’s problem. This may not be easy and it may cause back lash. It may cause uneasy moments but finding a good time to discuss a potential problem is important. Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification
Friends usually have good senses of when something is going wrong with another friend. They share common goals, dreams and spare time. So it is easy for a friend to help another friend find alternative ways to have fun and also find help.
The article, “When You Need to Talk About Addiction” by Elisabeth Millard looks at how a friend can help another friend with addiction. She states,
“Similar to the right place is the right tone. Confrontational language like, “You’re drinking too much,” can often fire up someone’s defenses. It’s likely you’ll already encounter an initial round of denial and pushback, such as: “Everyone drinks this much,” or “It’s not that bad,” so starting with a neutral tone is important, as well as offering a genuine expression of concern, Owsiany explains. Begin the conversation with what you’ve been seeing, so it comes from your perspective and use statements that reflect your point of view.”
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Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional needs and goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.