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 treatment.
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:
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 interventions.
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Current as ofMarch 12, 2014
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