Initiating a Discussion About Drug Abuse

Initiating a Discussion About Drug Abuse
Encourage the other person to do most of the talking

One of the best ways you can help your loved one recover from amphetamine abuse is to initiate a productive conversation about your concerns. Sadly, many people shy away from taking this action, because they feel unprepared. They may also fear sounding as if they are lecturing, scolding or even threatening the addict, thereby pushing him further away.

Talking to someone about amphetamine abuse is difficult, but preparing ahead of time for this talk can make the job easier. When you discuss drug abuse with someone you suspect to be an addict, then keep the following key points in mind:

  • Work through your own anger first, so you can talk about your loved one’s substance abuse without becoming emotionally charged
  • Encourage the other person to do most of the talking
  • Be aware that she may become defensive, so stay away from words that could be construed as judgmental
  • Set an achievable goal for the conversation, such as making an appointment with a counselor, organization or treatment center
  • Do not approach your loved one while he is using drugs or high, as people are unable to assess their problems clearly while under the influence
  • Consider approaching your loved one when she is already feeling remorseful about her substance abuse, such as after getting a DUI. Waiting for this kind of moment will already show the user that drug abuse has consequences.

If the conversation is fruitful and your loved one agrees to get help, then be prepared to help him take the next steps, which include the following examples:

  • Research places to get an assessment on substance abuse
  • Gather names and phone numbers of substance abuse specialists
  • Consider and resolve transportation needs
  • Offer to attend your loved one’s first support-group meeting with her

Last but not least, be sure to take care of yourself. Being in a relationship – romantic or otherwise – with an addict can be taxing, which will make it easy to neglect your own needs. Start addressing your own health by identifying a trusted friend in whom you can confide, or seek out a therapist in your area. Support groups also offer a rich reservoir of help and encouragement. Reaching out for help yourself is one way you can improve an addiction situation, regardless of the user’s choices.

Get Help for Amphetamine Abuse

You can recover from amphetamine addiction if you reach out for help. Admissions coordinators are available at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to ease the transition into a drug-free life. Do not go it alone when help is just one phone call away.