How to Help Your Loved One who is suffering from Drug Addiction
As drug use turns from recreational to addictive, the addict begins to be driven by obsessive cravings for these substances. Maybe it was the beer and marijuana in a teenage friend’s garage while his parents were away. Maybe it was Ecstasy at a music concert. Or drinks for the sixteenth birthday. Just because everyone was taking it, it was hard to be the only one to refuse. And so it started. Increasingly, getting the drugs he needs becomes the most important thing in life.
Is there any hope?
If your loved one has been gone away from you because of his/her drugs habit, it can come to light when the effects of drugs are removed, when the person has a way to regain a bright outlook on life, and when he regains his self-respect and integrity. You can love a person when he can take control of his life and emotional relationships again. This exchange proposal being on your initiative, it is appropriate to approach it from the expression of your feelings, concerns, or tensions you perceive.
Accompany your loved one while staying in your place
Helping a loved one puts you in a special place. So some things may be within your control, some may not. You will not be able to take all the initiatives for him, such as making appointments. Your loved one’s commitment to their care is essential.
If your loved one injects or snorts their drugs, they can access lower-risk consumption kits.
By discussing these means with him, you make a different dialogue between you. It’s a way to help your loved ones even if they’re not ready to quit.
Support your loved one
Supporting your loved ones means neither devaluing them nor rushing them by speeding up the process of blackmailing them. They can invite them to take stock of their difficulties without immediately talking about withdrawal. Being in the close circle of a drug user can give the feeling of changing the situation. However, this particular place has limits and confronts you with difficulties.
What do we mean by problematic drinking?
If your loved one uses drugs frequently, it is normal for you to wonder if he is dependent. Phrases like “I quit when I want” when your loved one ends up taking drugs every day can contribute to making you feel like they can’t quit. Observing that its consumption occurs in a context of personal difficulties as if it were becoming a refuge can also be an indicator.
What are the signs of problematic drinking?
First of all, asking yourself the question indicates that you have already noticed certain signs in your loved one. Is it a change in mood or behaviour such as aggression, anxiety, sadness, or withdrawal? Have you observed any changes in his pace of life, appetite, sleep, and the frequency of his outings? Have relationship difficulties gradually emerged, such as conflicts breakups? Have you noticed repeated absences from his place of work?
Does it increase risky behaviour? Does he sometimes behave aggressively or even violently? Finally, have you noticed that the purchase of drugs is becoming more and more frequent?
These questions can help you identify whether your loved one has a drug use concern and whether your concern is legitimate. However, there is no single sign. It is important to consider a set of elements and trust your perception. Identifying that your loved one has a problem with their drug use may worry you, but it also puts you in a responsibility to act.