Watching a loved one fall into drug abuse and addiction is not easy. You want to help, but you don’t know where to start. If your girlfriend is abusing amphetamines, she may be increasingly talkative and active and unable to sleep at night. As she becomes addicted, she may experience anxiety or nausea when not using. Even if you recognize a problem in your loved one, she may not. Worrying about bringing up the topic is not uncommon, as it can lead to arguments, blame and frustration. You may be afraid that talking about amphetamine use could end your relationship, but continued abuse could end her life or put your own in danger.
Discussing Amphetamine Abuse with Your Girlfriend
Beginning a topic about addiction is hard but not impossible. Wait until your girlfriend is not high and choose a location where you both feel safe and comfortable. Express your concerns about her amphetamine use, the signs of addiction you have recognized, and how it is impacting your relationship. Keep the conversation calm and offer a message of love and support. She may not be willing to admit to addiction or to ask for help at that moment, but this opens the door for communication and may cause her to reflect on her amphetamine use. If a casual conversation is not enough, you may consider talking with her friends and family and arranging an intervention with the help of a professional. If she struggles with co-occurring addictions or mental health issues, a professional interventionist can help participants develop the most effective strategy for getting her the help she needs.
Continuing a Relationship during and after Amphetamine Addiction Treatment
If you are afraid that talking about amphetamine abuse may end your relationship, know that continued drug use will end it and cause more harmful long-term results. Encouraging your girlfriend to find addiction treatment options and supporting her during and after recovery, even if that support involves letting your relationship take a backseat to her recovery, is the most important thing you can do to help. You may want to seek therapy on an individual or group basis for yourself as well. This will help you identify any enabling behaviors you may be participating in and will provide the information you need to best support her ongoing recovery and your continued relationship.
Build a Drug-Free Relationship
Call our toll-free helpline to learn how you can encourage your girlfriend to get the help she needs. We can help you arrange an intervention, find recovery options that match her as an individual and get the support you need for your own continued health. We are here 24 hours a day, so there is no wrong time to call. Please pick up the phone and give your girlfriend the tools she needs for a healthy amphetamine-free life.