Drug Addiction: How to Help a Friend

Drug Addiction: How to Help a Friend

Although drug addiction is easy to spot on the outside, many addicts cannot see the severity and danger of their own addictions. This makes it difficult to speak with a friend or family member about drug addiction because the addict often is defensive about his or her addiction and downplays the danger.

As a friend, the best thing you can do to help a drug addict is to become educated about drug addiction and take steps to encourage your friend toward seeking help for his or her addiction. If you have a friend or family member who is addicted to drugs, there are a variety of steps you can take to help your friend start the recovery process.

Look for opportune moments to discuss drug addiction with your friend
Most drug addicts know they have a problem on some level. Although an addict might be normally adverse to hearing about his or her drug problem, certain circumstances will lead to moments when the addict will be open to listening to recovery methods. Often these moments occur after a traumatic experience related to the addiction, such as a job loss, break-up, arrest, or some other life-changing event. This is the perfect time to discuss treatment options with an addict in a loving and non-accusing manner.

 

Identify reasons to quit drug use
Make a list of personal reasons why your friend may want to quit using drugs. Do you have a mutual friend who was injured or died from drug use? Use that as a reason to motivate your friend to change. Other personal reasons might include loss of family members, relationship failure, or job loss.

Look for triggers to help your friend out of the “comfort zone”
Although triggers like dangerous side effects or death seem like enough reason to stop drug use to a non-user, these triggers are often not strong enough for someone actually addicted to drugs. Most addicts are in a “comfort zone” of addiction, and it takes a large jolt to get an addict out of his or her comfort zone. There are certain pressures or triggers that an addict may have that will help them seek assistance for drug recovery. Triggers like jail time, pressure from potential loss of relationships or friendships, or other personal issues could be the pressure an addict needs to seek recovery. Many addicts first seek treatment for reasons like wanting to avoid jail time, but after they enter treatment are able to find stronger reasons to stop drug abuse permanently.

Stage an intervention
When the time is right, intervention can be the perfect way to finalize the steps toward drug recovery. Stage an intervention with the addict’s closest friends and loved ones. An intervention coach can help keep the situation from becoming heated. Use the above reasons to present your case to your friend. From the intervention, take steps with your friend to find the best treatment plan for his or her recovery.

Being there for your friend is the best thing you can do to help him or her on the road to drug recovery. Approaching the situation with serious love and care will help your friend realize that you want to help rather than accuse them of an undesirable habit. If you have a friend suffering from drug addiction, take steps to help now. If you wait, it could be too late.

This post was written by Stanley Martinson. Stanley is concerned with issues of health and drug abuse. If you’re interested in reading more on this pertinent subject, click herefollow!

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