When You Have A Friend Addicted To Drugs

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If you are worried about a friend, who is using drugs, it is important to learn the best ways to talk to him about your concerns. You can help your friend by gaining information about drug use. It is a good idea to learn all you can about drug abuse before talking with your friend. If you understand addiction, you will be better able to talking about the reasons you want your friend to quit her addiction, It will also allow you to better empathize when she is talking about her own addiction. Do some research and figure out as much as you possibly can about drug addiction before talking to your friend about recovering from his addiction.

Keep in mind your pal may not see his drug problem the same way you see it. He might not believe he even has a drug problem. If he cannot see he has a problem, then he will probably not see he needs to make any changes in his life regarding his drug use. Help him to see his substance abuse problem clearly. Help him to see the facts of his drug abuse. If you present the facts of his drug abuse, it then becomes his choice to recognize and change them in the future.

Share with your friend the reasons you are concerned about her drug abuse. State specific times you have been worried about your friend when she has been using drugs. Mention your concerns about her health or other ways you have noticed her addiction has impacted her life. Also, tell her how her addiction has impacted your life as well as your relationship with her. Reassure your friend that you do not want her to live her life this way any longer. Show her how much you care about her and inform her that you do not want her to suffer from this abuse any further.

Stay positive and restrain from being condescending or shaming your friend about her drug dependence. It can be tempting to want to judge another person when you do not walk in her shoes, but refrain from making this mistake when talking with your loved one about her habit of taking drugs. Being harsh might only push the person farther away, making it more difficult to help her get sober in the future. Help her to see the positive effects of quitting her drug abuse. Assist her in clearly seeing the ways her life can be different if she chooses to stop using drugs. Praise her any chance you can when she makes strides toward dropping her drug use. Let her know you worry about her, and gently continue to point out you can only help her in the future if she seeks treatment for her addiction. However, remind her constantly you will be there to support her whenever she needs it.

Remember to point out facts instead of emotions when talking to your friend about his addiction. Refrain from trying to guilt him into giving up his drug abuse problem, and realize threatening another person to desert a drug dependence never works either. Negative thoughts or feelings is often what create drug habits in the first place, so avoiding talking down to him and belittling him. Be honest as you communicate about how his addiction has affected you and your relationship with him. Persons with a drug habit are often unaware of how the addiction is influencing relationships overall, so keep in mind how you choose to communicate you want for him to get help because it can make a huge difference in how he responds to the information you present to him.

Do not forget to take care of yourself through this process. It can be exhausting talking to a friend with a drug abuse problem. Therefore, make sure you are seeking the help you need while you are helping an addicted loved one. Arrange to do things you enjoy. Doing things you love brings joy to your life and makes you happy. Make sure you are eating a proper diet and getting enough sleep too. Also, ask for help when you need to do so. Although it may sometimes feel like it, caring for yourself is not a selfish act.

Remind yourself often recovery for your friend is possible. Even when it does not seem like recovery is possible, sobriety is always achievable. Although it may feel as though you are getting through to your friend, continue to have conversations with him that will allow him to see the effects of his drug abuse. You never know when something might get through and stick in his brain to help push him toward seeking help.

There is no one way of talking to a friend who is addicted to drugs. Your friend can choose to take your advice or not, but remember it is not your fault if he chooses not to follow through with the aid you provide him. Do not blame yourself if your friend chooses not to allow support for his drug addiction. However, talking with him about his addiction can assist him in seeing how his addiction is impacting the people he loves and potentially pushing him to get the cure he needs for his addiction.

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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