How should I talk to my family member?
You may be tempted to nag, plead or even threaten your loved one into seeking treatment. Unfortunately, this often results in a breakdown of communication and the person shutting you out. Try to use “I” statements rather than “you” statements to express your concerns about the importance of treatment. “I” statements focus on your own feelings or beliefs rather than criticizing or directing the other person. This approach may allow you to get your point across without making your family member feel defensive.
For example, instead of:
You need to get help!
When I hear you talking about how unhappy you are I feel worried. I think it would be really helpful for you to talk to someone about how you’re feeling.