It’s scientifically proven that addiction is a physical and mental condition, rather than a sign of moral shortcomings. Whereas in the past, people were often afraid or ashamed to enter into recovery and rehabilitation programs for fear of being marked by society, today it’s, thankfully, becoming more and more common for those in need to seek the help the need without shame.
One of the greatest examples of this is the recovery program known as Alcoholics Anonymous, also know as AA. You may or may not know, that AA is a Christian organization–although all are welcome.
Do Research on Addiction
The more you understand about someone’s health condition, the better you’ll be able to support them and understand their needs.
For example, if someone has asthma and you were to do some research, you might learn that there are many different triggers and that each case is not exactly the same as the next. Therefore, you might learn that your preconceived notions about asthma may not be correct and the help you thought you needed to give, might not actually be helpful!
Realize that Addiction Is Never the Beginning of Someone’s Story
Nobody is born an addict. Often those who deal with addiction have some kind of emotional pain that they have not dealt with. It’s important to realize that and to be compassionate and empathetic while someone is on a journey towards healing.
Ask Them How You Can Be Supportive
Just as with the asthma example above, different people have different triggers and forms of addiction. While it might be fine to drink around one person, it might make another person in AA extremely uncomfortable. Ask them what kind of support you might offer and act accordingly.
Pray for Them
As always, lift up those who are struggling to the Lord. Ask them how you can pray for them and check in regularly to see how they’re doing.