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How to Deal with a Friend Addicted to Drugs?

Home Addiction Treatment Videos How to Deal with a Friend Addicted to Drugs?

Written by: Editorial Staff.

Isaac shares what it was like having a friend who was a drug addict and alcoholic. Before the friend’s addiction, Isaac considered him to be a brother. When they first met at college, Isaac saw his friend getting wasted and thought there might be a problem, but it was easier just to say he was young having fun. Later, his friend used to stay high most of the time and used to display violent behavior. With time, such behavior only grew.

What Did He Do As His Friend’s Addiction Progressed?

As his friend’s use progressed, Isaac distanced himself emotionally and physically. He did this because the addiction problem started to affect him as well. Besides, he thought he might also get on the same track if he would stay with his friend. Isaac also felt guilty and responsible for enabling his friend’s addiction. So he thought distancing himself is the best possible solution available, and it might make his addicted friend realize that he might lose his best friend.

Effects Of Addiction

Isaac recalls how he met his friend after some time and was completely devastated on seeing his situation. Addiction really took him away from everything. He was emotionally, physically, and mentally devastated, which made Isaac realize that he had to do something for his friend.

Drug Intervention Treatment

After his parents learned about his addiction, their first priority was not an intervention but to keep him away from everything at home, which didn’t work. Isaac goes on to describes an intervention that was staged, leading his friend to go to a drug rehab center. After the treatment, Isaac’s friend relapsed and returned for treatment again. Later, he became sober again.

Isaac speaks of his apprehensiveness about rebuilding his friendship but found this time his friend to be on the right path. Isaac advises others with friends using to hang on in there and don’t enable their addiction. He says it will be hard, but sometimes the best thing to do is walk away and let the friend hit rock bottom.