When most people hear the words “drug addict”, they picture someone homeless on the streets, someone who is weak and lost. This is a popular misconception. Most addicts are people like us—mothers, sons, sisters, nephews—who have gotten in over their heads with drug use.
Drug addiction often begins innocuously, with experimentation with marijuana or alcohol. However, the potential addict quickly learns that drugs soothe something inside of him, help relieve a pain that he may not have even known was there. That’s when addiction takes hold.
My Loved One Doesn’t Know He’s an Addict
It is very common for drug abusers to deny that they have a problem, though deep inside, they recognize that they need help. More than denial, drug addicts generally believe that they are beyond help and hope. They think that they’ve sunk too low to ever breathe a sober breath again. They don’t believe that recovery is attainable for them. This lack of belief in themselves and their worth is what breaks families’ hearts. Your job, if you love an addict, is to help the addict see that he is worth helping, and that he is capable of achieving recovery.
Here is some evidence that can be used in an intervention or other setting to help addicts see their addiction for what it is:
By looking at these issues with the addict in a loving, supportive environment, family members and friends are often able to help the addict see how drug use has taken a toll on his life. Then, by coupling this information with a sincere and passionate call for the addict to go to a drug treatment center, recovery can often begin right away.
The key to getting an addict to go to and stay in a rehab program is to help him understand the extent of his problem and to feel, even if only for a few moments, that recovery is possible. When they know they are loved, they are most likely to stay in a drug addiction treatment facility – where hope for a better future becomes reality.
If you suffer from addiction, you are not alone. We are here to help you transcend a life limited by drug abuse or drug dependency. It may seem like your dreams are gone, but they’ve only been put on hold. With proper drug treatment, you can return to a better state of health and work toward any of the goals or dreams that right now seem to have passed you by.