Learn how to help an addict by using scientifically proven techniques. There are ways to motivate an addict to change that are backed by scientific research. Studies show that common ways to help an addict actually causes more problems and feeds an addict's resistance. These methods include confronting an addict or pushing against their resistance. But research over the last 50 years show that this can make maters worse. Make sure you are using proper techniques that help to motivate an addict to change.