What should I do if I know a close family member is using drugs?
Last Updated: 12/17/2018 at 6:12pm
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help them to stop before it gets worse advise them to seek help as really not much you can do.......
Talk to them. Let them know you are here to support them if they need it, but not to enable them. You do not agree with what they are doing but you still care about them.
You should tell them how u feel about them using it!Emphasize to your friend or loved one that it takes a lot of courage to seek help for a drug problem, because there is a lot of hard work ahead. There is a great deal of scientific evidence that treatment works, and people recover every day. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract the powerfully disruptive effects of drugs on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives. Like many diseases, it can take several attempts at treatment to find the right approach. But assure them that you will support them in their courageous effort You can call this helpline and get some advice on how to proceed: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (This service is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.) You can also look for a treatment center online, which will allow you to search for a treatment center in your area, and it will also give you information about the kind of addiction or patients it treats.
Talk with that person in the best mood we can, try to show the damage drugs can do and how good life could be without drugs.
As much as you won't want to, just talk to them. Don't accuse, don't get upset and certainly don't get hysterical. Drug abusers usually realize they have a problem... They don't need you to point fingers, BUT, if it seems like a problem that is beyond experimentation, then it is a SERIOUS problem. I don't know your personal situation but don't let worries go unnoticed just to avoid conflict. If you find out a sibling tried pot last weekend, chill. But if you hear scary stories or see this family member consistently engaging with this drug, you have to make a move. It may require talking to this person, or talking to their friends, or talking to their parents. That's the easy part. If this is an issue that has been going on for a while and you are worried, swallow your pride. Section them. Threaten to call the police, or... call the police. It fricken sucks and I know it all too well, but sometimes you have to realize that having someone that you love, hate you, is better than them being dead.
They may have needle marks in arms,smell of the drug, borrow money & be protective with their phone
Try talking to that family member one on one and let them know how drugs will affect their life and even the family and if they don't care. You can let other family members and they can do something or not, but at the same time the person using the drug, that's up to them if they want to quit and realize there's a problem. No matter what though, help them through the growing out of it process, when they decide they want the help, be there for them.
I would talk to them and then go with them to some kind of group counselling session for addictions. I'd listen to them and hear their side of why they chose to use drugs in the first place. I have a history of alcoholism and ever since I went sober, I have felt both physically and emotionally better. I would use my own experiences to try and help my family member or friend they way I was helped in the past. Using my own experiences and resources around me, I can safely help my family member.
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