How To Best Help A Friend With A Drug Addiction

March 29, 2013


Most people have had friends with some type of addictive behavior. If this behavior has to do with drugs it can be a scary experience. If that person is especially close to us, we may feel an obligation to step up and help them. If you find yourself in this situation, there are important things to remember. Harshly confronting your friend or getting angry for example is never a good idea. As a friend, you are in a unique position and may be one of the few people that can really help. If done right, you could change your friends life forever.


If you don’t respect your friend enough to listen to them, they likely aren’t going to want to listen to you either. Listening is a powerful tool. It shows that you care and that you want to know what they are thinking and feel what they are feeling. It’s hard for someone on the outside to know what it’s like to have an addiction. Try to understand before you accuse. When your turn does come to speak, there will be a strong trust established.

Be a support

You may be one of the only people that can actually help your friends. If you turn your back or give up, it could drive them deeper into addiction. Simply being there for someone can give them the strength they need to make a change.

Share the facts

Find a time to talk when your friend isn’t drunk or high. Sit with them in a comfortable place and calmly express your concern. Share with them some of the risks you feel the person is taking. It may just take the honest plea of a friend to help the person make a change. If you say everything out of genuine concern for the person, they will recognize your sincerity.

Respect their privacy

Don’t tell everyone about the problem. Drug addiction is a highly personal and for some people embarrassing thing. Refuse to speak poorly of that person, even when they aren’t around. If other people find out about the problem and your friend hears about it, trust could be destroyed.

Don’t be an enabler

If you are the type of person that enables your friend to do drugs, you need to stop. This may be difficult and may upset your friend at first. However if you, with love, explain to your friend why you need to stop facilitating the problem, they will likely be more understanding. If you really want to help your friend you need to start with the things that are in your power.

Involve a third party

It may not be within your ability to single handedly pull your friend out of drug addiction. Ask for help. The more people you can gather to support the individual, the greater the chances of success. Try to rally the person’s family and friends. Consult with medical doctors and research programs that you feel effectively fit your friend’s needs.

About the Author: Hyrum Taffer is a freelance writer for with years of experience in drug addiction and recovery. Through much personal experience and research, Hyrum hopes others can benefit from his writing.

How To Best Help A Friend With A Drug Addiction

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