Remember, it is likely that the person hoarding does not see or is unwilling to accept the problems their hoarding is causing. Establishing trust is essential, as is - as I mentioned before - having realistic expectations about the process.5) Support your loved one on the path to recovery.
It may take several attempts before your loved one is willing to think about making the smallest change to their behavior. As your loved one goes through treatment (because working with a professional who is trained in treating hoarding is essential for recovery), they will have assignments to complete after each therapy session.
We get several emails a week from them describing the stress they are under.
Or they feel it has sentimental value, is unique and irreplaceable, or too big a bargain to throw away.It is not uncommon for loved ones to be the ones to call mental health professionals for help because they can see the deleterious effects of the hoarding, and feel the need to intervene because the hoarder cannot or will not accept that there is a problem.If this is you, here are five steps you should take:1) Educate yourself on hoarding.They may also consider an item a reminder that will jog their memory, thinking that without it they won’t remember an important person or event.Or because they can’t decide where something belongs, it’s better just to keep it."As you know, hoarding causes serious issues - emotionally, physically, socially, financially, and perhaps even legally - for the hoarder, which trickles down to their loved ones.Be grateful for any small step your loved one takes forward - what seems like a baby step to you may be extraordinarily difficult and take tremendous courage for them.