Amphetamine addiction is a serious problem that is not easy to overcome. Addiction is complex, and it can become even more confusing if you are using a drug prescribed by a doctor. If a prescription drug is used as directed by your doctor, the likelihood of addiction is small, but it is still there. Regardless of how your drug use began, if you are addicted, it is important to admit your addiction to yourself and to others so they can help. Telling your family about drug use may be difficult, especially if you have kept your drug use a secret for an extended period of time, but the benefits of reaching out for help greatly exceed the brief anxiety involved in opening up about your struggles.
Being Open and Honest about Amphetamine Use
When admitting your drug use to your family, remember the following:
- You are not delivering entirely bad news. Addiction is a negative, but recognizing the problem and asking for help and support is not.
- The time and place of your conversation is important. The sooner you tell your family about amphetamine use the better, because waiting only prolongs your drug use and makes confession more difficult. However the setting you choose is important. You may not want to tell your family about your drug use in public, because they could respond emotionally. Consider having a friend with you who already knows about your addiction so that he or she can support you in what may be a difficult conversation. Try to make the setting as comfortable as possible for your listeners.
- No matter how your family reacts, confession can help. Your family may feel that you have broken their trust, and they may be shocked that you could become addicted at all. Your family’s initial response might be negative or judgmental, but, if you follow your confession with a request for help and an honest desire to get better, they will typically respond by offering support.
Admitting your drug problem to yourself and others is not easy, but it is an important step in addiction recovery. If you think you will have trouble expressing yourself, it may help to plan out or write down what you want to say, or you can talk to counselors or other recovery professionals for advice.
Children and Amphetamine Addiction
If you are a parent, be honest with your children. If your addiction is serious, there is a good chance they have already noticed that something is wrong. Your children may be confused by what you tell them, but stress the fact that none of it is their fault and encourage them to talk about their feelings. Make sure they know that your addiction is a disease. You are sick and need to get better, and you are getting the appropriate help to do so. It may help them to know that they are not the only ones with an addicted parent and that many children face the same problem. Find professional resources for both yourself and your children to ensure that your addiction is treated well and that your family understands the situation.
Amphetamine Addiction Help
If you are addicted to amphetamine, call our 24 hour helpline today. All calls and phone services are confidential, so you can talk with us about your concerns before approaching loved ones. We are here to provide the resources you need for an effective recovery and a healthy family. Please call now.