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  • Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

5 Tips For Helping A Loved One Struggling With Addiction

Updated: Oct 11

It is probably safe to say that most people in America know someone that struggles with addiction, or God forbid, someone who has passed away from the tormenting chaos that prolonged addiction brings.


I am no stranger to the insanity of addiction myself. I was in and out of hospitals, jails, and rehabs for 13 years of my life. Choosing a life of addiction put me in the middle of a death-filled reality as I watched as over 30 of my friends or acquaintances die from an overdose, suicide, or freak accidents. By the grace of God I lived. I am now over 11 years clean and sober.


This life of freedom has inspired me to help others break free from the dark cloud of addiction.


The entire time I’ve been walking in freedom I’ve done what I can with my second chance to help as many as I can break free. Having gone through it myself, coupled with years of life coaching and recovery coaching, mixed with endless conversations with loved ones of those struggling have allowed me to experience and see first hand the problems and countless questions surrounding addiction.


The consistent cry for help from a loved one usually sounds like this, “I don’t know what to do, or how to do it…”


I understand, but don’t lose hope. I was as lost and hopeless as anyone and now I live on the opposite end of the spectrum with a goal to help others do the same. Here are a few practical tips I have lived by while working to help others break free from the death grip of addiction.


1- Pray


Sounds too simple, right? And most people would say, “I have done that, nothing is changing.”


The biggest hindrance I see with people losing hope in regards to praying for their loved ones is that they are praying in fear, not faith. You see, fear is a form of faith. It is faith in the wrong thing happening. Effective prayers come from believing that God wants to answer your prayers. Pray to know, not to guess, that God wants your loved free from addiction.


Praying from a place of begging in fear reveals more faith in the plan addiction has for a loved one, rather God’s plan for your loved one. Pray from faith, and believe God wants your loved one free even more than you do.