So what can you do to help your sister, if anything? That old belief comes into play: “You can’t help someone if they don’t want it.” Slap a big MAYBE on top of that. She might not be ready to take the full plunge into recovery, but there are things you can do. One important step is to familiarize yourself with treatment choices and other available resources/assistance. When she’s ready to quit, truly quit, you’ll have something vital to offer: Guidance.
Many addicts say it’s harder to quit than keep using. To stay sober and clean, they need to face overwhelming challenges: tremendous guilt, low self-esteem, isolation, an irate family, problems finding work, and the demand that they change their lives and attitudes and belief systems… it would seem easier to simply keep using.