What Happens to the Friends of Drug Addicts?
So many lives have been touched by the insidious effects of addiction. If you took the time to click and read this post, chances are you know what addiction is like because you know someone or have struggled with addiction yourself.
In the previous post, I discussed ending toxic addiction relationships. I mainly talked about significant others, but addicts are usually attached to many more people who have a problem than just a significant other.
If you really care about someone, you will likely have to make difficult decisions. For me, that decision included leaving many of friends behind when I sought drug treatment. I will be there for them if they need treatment, but I knew I was in no condition to put myself at risk for them.
The best thing you can do is to be an example. Gaining sobriety and then staying close to them and living their lifestyle to try and get them out of it, won’t help them. At best, they may have someone there for them and at worst you will relapse. The best way to help them is to be there for them at a distance and let them see how your life changes for the better. Encourage them to seek addiction treatment and be aggressive with your help when they reach.
I have lost several friends to addiction. It is rough and it sucks. You can’t force anyone to get help or get sober. Through your actions though, you can convince them their life can turn around too.
Please contact us if you don’t know where to start. We can help you change a life, even if that life is your own.