Drug Addiction

Drug Use

Do you know someone or have someone in your family that you suspect of drug use? If so and you are on a mission to uncover the truth, there are a few basic guidelines to follow. It’s not an easy task to unveil the truth, but it’s definitely doable. There are some easy to follow rules to adhere to.

The first of these is to observe the person in question. Do they exhibit drug seeking behavior? Are they avoiding family functions, holidays and other normal occasions? Have they developed strange or unexplained habits suddenly? Some of these would be a loss in appetite, sudden behavioral changes; they avoid family or family events, friends and social gatherings.  The typical addict will gravitate towards other addicts.  There he finds acceptance of his otherwise unacceptable drug use.

They will not be comfortable in the company of non using adults. One will repeatedly attempt to persuade the addict to attend a social outing and will repeatedly be disappointed. One must take a different approach with the addict. The addict will automatically be on the defense if approached the wrong way. They must feel as if the person approaching them about their drug use is only concerned and looking out for their best interest.  This is the case 99% of the time, to help the addict. It is important to remember that the addict is in a mind altering state and can not think clearly for himself. He may think he has everyone fooled and everything under control so it’s important not to invalidate them. One can begin by acknowledging the obvious, i.e., “ I can’t help but notice that you’ve recently lost a lot of weight and I’m concerned.” “You haven’t been to a family dinner now for 4 months and you used to be there every Sunday and I miss seeing you there.” These are opening door statements to which they just might open up to you.  They may and most probably will need more of a nudge than this and most importantly, you still love them, it’s their behavior you do not like and above all, you only want to help. Often, a similar situation type story will help them to open up to you.

One must feel the water, so to speak, as one goes along with the initial approach about his/her drug use. All people are different and can respond in different manners. Treat them with respect and be very sensitive to their reactions. I know it seems like a lot of trouble but, it is necessary to obtain the hopefully anticipated results of the individual admitting they have a problem and need help.  This could be a life or death situation so, use careful judgment.