Drugs Are Killing…
And You’re Helping

Throughout my experiences in dealing with addiction, I have found a common trend. Addicts are being left to their own devices to get help. Family members and loved ones are putting too much responsibility on people struggling with addiction to get help. The three major problems I see with families and loved ones who have someone struggling with addiction are as follows:

1. Loved ones give up too easily on somebody needing help.

A lot of times you will see an individual has been to a treatment center or some sort of rehab, and there are no results. When this happens, some people give up and assume there is no helping their loved one. They do not realize there are different types of drug rehab available and that hope is not lost.

2. People do not push hard enough on addicts to get them into treatment.

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard someone say, “They aren’t ready yet…” or “He has to WANT to get help and until then…”. When you say things like that, you are putting the responsibility of getting help in the hands of someone who has no responsibility. The person who is struggling with addiction, can’t make the decision to get sober or they wouldn’t be in this position in the first place. If they are forced to make the decision on their own, often their choice to get help is going to happen too late. Meaning they may be in trouble with the law or have “burned all their bridges” and lost support. Most of the time, it is necessary for drug treatment to be pushed on to an individual before it is too late.

3. Families and loved ones are naïve to the severity of the addiction.

This scenario happens in one of two ways. The first occurs when the addict manipulates their loved ones into thinking they are ok. The second is when the signs are there but families and friends openly choose to ignore them. The first can only exist for so long until the second starts to be the more apparent problem.

So, I ask you are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution?

As cliché as this may sound, you are either one or the other. You have either given up on your loved one or you still want to see them get help. You are pushing for them to get help or you decided they can wait until “they’re ready.” You are actively ignoring their signs of addiction or you have confronted them about their behavior.

If you are ready to help them, call us today.



Originally from Atco, New Jersey, Mike graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Employment Management. Now employed at Narconon New Life Retreat, he lives in Denham Springs, Louisiana.