Amphetamines are drugs that stimulate the central nervous system. Certain amphetamines can be useful in treating behavioral disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, when abused, amphetamines can be destructive. When not taken according to a physician’s instructions, these drugs can be as powerful as cocaine and produce similar side effects and risks.
Amphetamine addiction is a struggle no one should have to face alone. Whether it began with a legal prescription or through recreational use, an individual who abuses amphetamines, or “speed,” needs a strong support system. Family members who are uninvolved in one another’s lives or who do not express their concerns in a helpful and healthy way may actually enable addiction. If untreated, short-term recreational use of amphetamines can quickly evolve into long-term addiction. Conversely, family members who offer support can help the addict quit without enabling habits that prolong the addiction.
How Family Members Can Help
Family and friends will face frustration and anxiety when trying to help an addict seek recovery. Concerned family members should use the following guidelines to help addicts:
- Learn to communicate with the addict – Communicating with an addict may require some delicacy and tact, but that does not mean that hard truth should be ignored or made to seem like a small issue. It is important to be heartfelt and honest without being harsh. The addict may react a number of ways. He may be angry, defensive, wounded, or indifferent to the opinions and advice of family members. But his reactions should not stop the people who care about him from asserting themselves.
- Attend family counseling – Coming together as a family and attending counseling shows the addict that the family members are concerned about her amphetamine addiction and willing to learn how to change their own behaviors and expectations in a way that is encouraging to the addict.
- Hold an intervention – For some people, holding an intervention seems like a daunting task. Interventions are often emotionally charged events that bring anger and sadness to the surface. But when a family comes together with the common goal of relating their feelings in a helpful and healthy way, an intervention can help spur an amphetamine addict toward recovery.
- Follow through with promises and goals – Mean what you say. It may be difficult for loving family members to follow through on consequences they establish, but it hurts rather than helps the addict if you go back on your word. The addict will not have to face the natural consequences of his behavior, and will also be more inclined to break promises if he sees the family members who hold him accountable breaking their promises.
- Be involved in treatment – Most treatment programs offer chances for family members to be involved. Because an addict’s family members may know her better than anyone, going through therapy with the addict may help keep her honest and remind her that her decisions affect others. Because family members may be the most important support system after treatment, involving them in the rewards and struggles of recovery will better prepare them for the day that the addict leaves rehab.
Help for Amphetamine Addiction
If you have a love one that is addicted to amphetamines, help them find the individualized treatment program they need to get their life back. Recovery is possible, and with your support and the help of a professional and personalized treatment program, your loved one can achieve lifelong recovery. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with a trained counselor about recovery options. Don’t hesitate; call us today.