Finding out that someone close to you has a drug problem can be terribly stressful, especially if you have little experience in dealing with such issues. Still, now isn’t the time to panic, now’s the time to take action and stop them from getting into any more trouble. Without good friends and a caring family, people in this position are unlikely ever to beat their addiction and come back to normal reality, so it’s vital you start thinking about what you can do to help immediately. Unfortunately, shouting at them and telling them how disappointed you are is never going to work, and so you’ll need some good advice if you really want to improve their life.
Considering this, I thought today would be a good time to write an article highlighting some of the tactics and methods that commonly create positive results. At the end of the day, nobody on drugs will be able to quite unless they want to, but there’s a lot you can do to sway their opinion. You see; any addiction is a health issue, not a criminal one, and so you should treat your family member as if they’re i’ll, not as if they’ve done anything wrong. Like it or not, given the right circumstances, you too could be in this position at some point in your life.
1 – Take Them To See A Doctor
Some people feel ashamed of their family member for taking drugs and for having a problem with addiction, but this really doesn’t help the situation. So, speak to them in a friendly manner and ask if you can take them to see a doctor. The medical professional may offer treatment, but even if they don’t, this is the first step to recovery.
2 – Socialise With Them
In most instances, drug addicts will have friends who also take drugs (I mean, where do you think they get them from?), and so it’s vital that you work to push these people out of the addicts life. That said; you’ll want to avoid any direct conflict and try not to bad-mouth them too much because your family member may side with their associates. Instead, just start socialising with the addict yourself and arrange days out etc. This will keep them out of trouble without creating any problems. It’s best to be subtle.
3 – Have In Depth Conversations About The Situation
It can be difficult to see things from a drug addicts point of view, but speaking to them about their problems in the best way of ensuring they understand the situation they’re in. Don’t lose your temper with them or judge them in any way because they’re ill, and so their own judgement will be affected. Just have patience and try to work through any issues with them in a caring way.
4 – Take Them To Rehab
If all else fails, and it seems your family member isn’t responding to any of my other suggestions, then it’s time to get in touch with somewhere like Life Works and book them into a rehab clinic. Though they may not be too enthusiastic about going, in most cases you’ll be able to convince them it’s a good idea by showing them how their life has been negatively affected by drugs. To achieve this, just show them around your own house and make them see the difference between your living conditions.
Well, that’s all I’ve got time for today, but I hope you’ve found this information useful and at least some of you agree that taking a caring approach is much better than shouting or using scare tactics.
I wish you the best of luck my friends.