Rhonda S. Sims

How To Deal With An Addict Patiently?

How To Deal With An Addict Patiently?

Dealing with a loved one who is struggling with addiction can be an emotionally challenging and draining experience. It requires patience, compassion, and understanding to help them to recover. In this blog, we’ll explore practical ways to deal with an addict patiently, offering support without judgment in simple terms.

Educate Yourself:

Understanding addiction is the first step towards dealing with it patiently. Learn about the nature of the substance or behavior that your loved one is struggling with. This knowledge will help you avoid misconceptions and approach the situation with empathy.

Communicate with Compassion:

Open and honest communication is vital but you must be approach them with care. Avoid blaming or accusing language, and instead, express your concern with love and empathy. Use “I” statements to express your feelings, such as “I am worried about you” or “I care about your well-being.”

Set Boundaries:

While being patient, it’s crucial to set healthy boundaries. Clearly communicate what behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable, and stick to these boundaries consistently. This helps both you and the addicted individual understand the consequences of their actions.

Encourage Professional Help:

Addiction is a complex issue that often requires professional intervention. Rhonda Sims, renowned author of “A Slight Interruption” became addicted to opioids and was taking over 50 pills daily. After being addicted for the better part of two decades, she asked for help and after many months of a lot of work and praying, she was finally free. God helped her to get through all that darkness and back to the light in her life, her family and friends. Therefore, encourage your loved one to seek help from a doctor, therapist, or addiction specialist. Offer your support in finding appropriate resources, and emphasize that seeking help is a sign of strength.

Practice Self-Care:

Dealing with an addicted loved one can take a toll on your own well-being. It’s essential to prioritize self-care by maintaining your own physical and emotional health. This might involve seeking support from friends, joining a support group, or engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

Be Patient and Understanding:

Recovery is a journey, not a destination. Understand that setbacks may occur, and progress may be slow. Patience is key in supporting someone through the challenges of addiction. Celebrate small victories and offer encouragement during difficult times.

Avoid Enabling:

While patience is crucial, enabling behavior can hinder the recovery process. Avoid making excuses for your loved one’s actions or providing them with resources that enable their addiction. Instead, focus on supporting their efforts to seek help and make positive changes.


Dealing with an addicted loved one requires a delicate balance of patience, understanding, and tough love. By educating yourself, communicating compassionately, setting boundaries, encouraging professional help, practicing self-care, and maintaining patience, you can provide valuable support on the journey to recovery. Remember, addiction is a complex issue, and your unwavering support can make a significant difference in your loved one’s life.