Many of those who battle addiction do so in silence. However, on occasion they are the ones with the biggest smiles and some of the kindest people. They are the ones who are always there for others but who still feel alone. Sometimes they require someone to speak up when they cannot. Find out how they are doing. Help them. Remind them of their advantages, jobs, education, families, friends, or other resources they may have. Sometimes people fail to realize the potential consequences of even one drug use decision. In talking to them, they may be able to connect their decisions to use with the troubles they are having in life. It may seem difficult to suggest a friend enter treatment, yet doing so could ultimately result in their life being saved. Make it clear you will help them enter treatment, but you won’t support their habit. They might be afraid, unprepared, or resistant to change. But with help, they can get there. You are not alone if you or a loved one are battling addiction. The nightmare of addiction can be ended. Getting help is the first step.
If you have a loved one struggling with drug or alcohol use, help them to seek treatment immediately. Do not turn a blind eye if you suspect someone is abusing drugs. Talk up. Speak with them. And most importantly, get them into treatment.
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