If you have a family member or friend with a drug problem, you
probably want to help. This can be hard. You can't force a person into
One thing you can do is to stop making excuses for the person. For
example, if the person is late to work, refuse to make an excuse. The person
has to deal with the problems that his or her drug use causes.
If you feel that you'd like to talk to the person about the drug
problem, here are some suggestions:
Find a time when you and the person are not
using drugs or alcohol, are both calm and not angry, and can speak in private.
Be specific. Tell the person that you are worried about his or her
drug use and want to help. Give examples of how the person's behavior has
affected you and how it made you feel.
Tell the person what will
happen if he or she refuses to get help. You could say that you will no longer
allow drug-using friends in the house or that you will move out. Be prepared to
act if the person continues to use drugs. Stress that you are not punishing the
person, but you want to protect yourself from any harm that his or her habit
Know ahead of time where and how to get help. If the
person agrees to get treatment, call for an appointment right away. Don't
accept "We'll call tomorrow." Offer to go to the first appointment or
Some people ask a group of people to help them talk to the person who
is using drugs. This is known as a group intervention. It's best to ask for
help from a counselor or therapist who has had practice in group
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