Overcoming a problem, that’s easy. Overcoming a habit, that’s a little more difficult. Overcoming an addiction, now that’s where we find it nearly impossible. It may seem easy from an outside point of view. Why can’t they just stop if they say they want to? It seems simple enough, but once we become addicted to a substance, our bodies crave it, and sometimes we literally can’t live without it.
Addictions are far more difficult to overcome than habits or simple problems, and usually can’t be done alone. That’s why it’s so important for you to be there for someone when they need help, especially a loved one. They are going to need your support because overcoming a drug addiction is going to be emotionally and physically painful for them. If you really care about the health of this individual, it’s important that you help them overcome their problem.
The first thing you have to do is help your friend realize they have a drug problem. They may be in denial and this is going to make your job a lot harder and be much more difficult for them as well. You may not realize it, but you do have a great effect on your friends and family. If this is a friend and not a family member, you may want to talk to their family so they can help as well. You don’t have to help your friend by yourself; find others that love your friend as well and will be willing to assist in helping them.
Help your friend see where they’re going with their life and that they can turn it around. Show them there is more to life than drugs and that if they continue on this path they are going to have physical and emotional problems the rest of their life. It’s going to be difficult to get them to listen, but it can be done.
Keep the possibility of rehab open. If they aren’t improving themselves, you may be able to get them into rehab where professionals can help them.