When it seems that someone you care about is suffering from a drug problem, you many experience a great deal of stress and confusion as you grapple with the question of what to do about it. You’ll find yourself asking whether you are overreacting, whether you ought to try to intervene, and whether your help will be welcome.
There are no easy answers. However, if a friend or family member is suffering or being adversely affected in their work, personal relationships, or physical and mental health, it’s highly possible that they are suffering from a drug problem. Other signs your loved ones are bound by a substance problem include financial struggle or legal trouble. If your friend or family member is struggling, there are several ways you can help them get on to the road to recovery.
#1: Inform Yourself
Resources on the signs and symptoms of drug abuse are widely available. Your local doctor will most likely be able to supply you with information that you will find helpful in ascertaining what kind of problem your friend is dealing with, and what your next step should be.
#2: Get Support
You may want to discuss your family member’s or friend’s substance problem with other mutual friends or relatives. After all, if you are worried about their drug use, it’s likely that other people who care about them are also concerned. However, be careful with whom and about how you explain the substance abuse problem. Remember – the purpose is to assist your friend or loved one, not complain about them.
#3: Have the Conversation
There is no way to know how confronting someone about their drug abuse will go. Some people react angrily or defensively, while others express gratitude for the care and support. Individuals are often grateful if they were feeling concerned about themselves, but felt too embarrassed or otherwise unable to seek help. Try to create a dialogue between you and your friend or family member. Ask questions and listen to their responses, but also make it clear that you are talking to them because you care about them and their behavior has worried you.
#4: Get Help
When necessary, these conversations may result in your loved one seeking treatment for their drug problem. There are many options available and you should acquaint yourself with as many as you can in order to make an informed decision. However, research has shown that outpatient treatment is by far the most effective treatment for drug addiction, as it allows people to transition back to normal life more easily.
Contact us at The Haven Detox today to find out more about helping your loved one enjoy a happy, healthy drug-free lifestyle.