Addiction101 Addiction Network

Helping a friend who is using drugs can be challenging and emotionally difficult, but there are ways you can support them:

Express your concern: Let your friend know that you are concerned about their drug use and that you want to help.

Listen actively: Listen actively to your friend’s concerns and experiences, and provide a supportive and non-judgmental ear.

Educate yourself: Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of drug addiction and the available resources for recovery.

Encourage professional help: Encourage your friend to seek professional help for their drug use. This may involve contacting a healthcare provider, addiction specialist, or treatment program.

Offer support: Offer emotional support to your friend during their journey towards recovery. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and experiences, and offer a listening ear.

Help them find resources: Help your friend find resources for their recovery, such as support groups or treatment programs in your area.

Avoid enabling behavior: Avoid enabling your friend’s drug use by refusing to provide them with money or other resources that could be used to support their drug use.

Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries with your friend around their drug use and the impact it is having on your life. This may involve setting limits on their behavior or refusing to enable their drug use.

Remember, helping a friend using drugs can be challenging, but expressing your concern, listening actively, educating yourself, encouraging professional help, offering support, helping them find resources, avoiding enabling behavior, and setting boundaries can help your friend on their journey towards recovery.