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How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict's Paranoia

An addict needs encouragement to seek treatment

Coping with an addicted loved one’s paranoia can be difficult and often requires extreme patience and clear boundaries. Receiving treatment for drug addiction is essential, and it is imperative to receive proper treatment for paranoia as well. Addiction treatment will typically not succeed on its own if the addict is struggling with paranoia. Symptoms of paranoia can vary depending on the particular person, but common symptoms often include the following:

  • Doubting and mistrusting the intentions of others
  • Believing that people are generally deceitful
  • Feeling reluctant to give information to others for fear of it being used against the individual
  • Holding grudges against others and being unwilling to forgive
  • Not responding well to criticism and being overly sensitive
  • Believing that casual remarks and looks from others have a deeper ill-intentioned meaning
  • Misinterpreting comments from others as personal attacks and often responding with anger and retaliation
  • Suspecting spouses and other loved ones of being unfaithful without proper reason
  • Being hostile towards others and generally responding in an argumentative manner

It can be difficult to continue helping an addicted loved one when his or her paranoia causes numerous problems. Some of the different ways that family members can cope with an addict’s paranoia include the following:

  • Continue to reiterate in an encouraging tone the need to accept treatment and comply with necessary medications and therapy sessions.
  • Be direct and clear in what is said to the addict in order to avoid confusion or misinterpretation.
  • Don’t seek to prove the addict’s paranoid delusions as false; instead accept that he or she perceives them as real.
  • Offer a clarifying explanation in a non-threatening way when the addict’s suspicion levels rise and he or she mistrusts actions that were taken by a family member.
  • Try to provide adequate warnings and information about situations that are anticipated to arise that may cause the addict’s paranoid symptoms to increase.
  • Accept that the addict’s symptoms of paranoia do not define him or her and offer positive words that focus on the good aspects of the addict.
  • Seek out professional support that continues to work on diminishing the symptoms of paranoia and providing medical treatment for addiction.
  • Research on paranoia and addiction and become better informed about the aspects of each in order to have a better understanding of how to help the addict.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most beneficial tools in treating symptoms of paranoia along with addiction. Seeking out immediate treatment for addiction and paranoia is essential to avoiding the potential physical and mental health consequences of allowing it to continue untreated.

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