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Some Helpful Hints
If you have been searching for answers on how to help your family member of friend, you should pay close attention to this chapter. One of the most important things you must do to help someone who is addicted to drugs is to show them support. They need to know that you love and care for them and that what they are doing scares you. You need to be cautious not to enable a person to keep using at the same time. This can be quite difficult at times because we naturally want to help the people we love and care for. But it gets to a point where you are actually harming them by helping them. I do not mean to stop supporting them morally, I mean with things like money, rides, and bailouts. Often times addicts have to hit rock bottom before they will see what their situation is truly like. An addict must first see this before they will decide to change. You cannot make an addict change, they must want to do it themselves. So the sad truth is, sometimes you have to let them learn the hard way.
It is important not to let an addict put the blame on you and make you feel guilty. This is a common characteristic of people who are not yet ready for change. They are not ready to deal with the fact that the problem is theirs and they are the one who caused it. It is much simpler for them to make someone else feel at fault. This will most likely lead to you enabling them further if you fall for it.
It is also a good idea to do some research on what drug paraphernalia looks like as well as what people look like when they are high on something. This research can be done by easily looking up pictures on google or researching drug side effects on WebMD. It is important that you are well informed on drugs so that you may help your loved one in the battle of addiction.
Also keep in mind, there are many different types of fake cans and false bottomed bags that people are beginning to buy from head shops that allow them to easily conceal drugs. Keep your eyes peeled, nobody said this war was going to be easy.