Friends can be an asset or liability when it comes to addiction recovery; this is true whether the friend is a fellow user or unaware that substance abuse is taking place. Nevertheless, when an addict is ready to quit, she may tell her friends for any of the following reasons:
- To tell friends you will be temporarily away at rehab
- Explain why you must avoid drug-related social activities
- Ask for their support during and after treatment
Talking about addiction can be uncomfortable, but it benefits everyone when an addict gets help.
Dangers of Amphetamine Abuse
Amphetamines include Adderall and Ritalin and illicit narcotics such as meth. Amphetamine abuse can lead to the following problems:
- Schizophrenia-like psychosis
- Paranoia and possible hallucinations
- Ulcers, seizures and picking at the skin
- Insomnia, restlessness and mood changes
- Irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure
Extended abuse deteriorates the health and increases the risk of overdose, which makes seeking help vitally important.
Telling Friends about Addiction
When telling friends you want to enter rehab to stop using amphetamines, some might resist or deny there is a problem. Friends may act these ways for the following reasons:
- Ignorance about substance abuse and why addicts cannot moderate their use
- The admission might make friends feel defensive about their drug issues
- Added stress and responsibilities for others at the addict’s work and home
- Sobriety affects a social circle whose activities often involve bars and parties
Addicts might also fear that friends will think less of them for needing addiction help. Amphetamine users should question any friend who discourages addiction treatment, but it helps to prepare to talk with friends. This includes the following ideas:
- Provide friends with rehab brochures that better explain addiction
- Help your friends understand that addiction is a neurobiological disease
- Explain how amphetamine addiction hurts your health and lifestyle
- Emphasize that sobriety will not affect the level and quality of your friendship
- Let friends know how they can help and support recovery
People who do not struggle with addiction are often ignorant about how addiction actually works. Help explain it to friends, and then ask them for their help.
Amphetamine Addiction Care
When telling friends you do not want to use amphetamines anymore, it helps to know what treatment entails. It generally includes the following steps:
- Amphetamine detox in a comfortable facility under medical supervision
- Mental health exams to identify any co-occurring mood disorders
- Integrated care for issues like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
- Behavioral therapies to empower patients with a more positive mental outlook
- Determine personal drug-use triggers, including people, places and emotions
- Equipping patients to avoid stumbling blocks and overcome temptations
- Holistic options to improve energy, concentration and performance
- Peer group support and aftercare counseling
Rehab centers can also work with friends and loved ones to prepare them to help with the recovery.
Information on Addiction Treatment
Do you need help telling your friends about an addiction? Do you need more information on the available care? Call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a counselor about the different options for treatment and rehab. We can also answer any questions and check health insurance policies for treatment coverage. We are available 24 hours a day, so call now.