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FAQ for Families

Answers to frequently asked questions about addiction and your family.

If addiction has touched your family, then you may be feeling a bit lost and confused, your mind filled with so many questions. To help address some of your concerns, we’ve compiled answers to the most commonly asked questions about addiction. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for and wish to speak with a counsellor, please call us toll free at 1-800-387-6198.



How can I help my loved one to stop?

Start by having a frank and honest conversation about your concerns. Choose a time when both of you are feeling calm and your loved one is not under the influence. Keep in mind that addiction is a family disease, so it’s important that you and other family members who are affected by your loved one’s addiction seek the help you need. Doing so may motivate your loved one to seek addiction treatment.

Is it my fault?

Addicts often blame their problem on the people closest to them, so families can end up blaming themselves and trying to gain control of matters that are beyond their direct influence. But the simple truth is that addicts are responsible for their own behaviour. Your loved one’s addiction is not your fault.

How do I get my loved one to treatment?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to motivating people to seek addiction treatment. But a good way to start is by letting your loved one know how much you care and sharing your concerns and fears. If this strategy doesn’t work, then you may want to try an intervention -- a loving process where a group of family, friends and co-workers is led by a trained counsellor to confront the addicted person in order to motivate him or her to seek help.
Learn more about Bellwood’s intervention services

Can I commit my loved one to an institution?

No. Only a medical professional can commit patients to an institution, and only with sufficient evidence that they pose a danger to themselves and to other. The commitment period typically lasts up to 72 hours, too brief to affect long-term change in addicts. In situations where your loved one is in crisis, it’s best to call 911. Emergency services will connect you with social services.

Can my loved one be cured from addiction?

Addiction is a lifelong process with no cure at present. But people can and do recover, with many subsequently - living happy, healthy and productive lives.

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