Drug Abuse and Dependence (cont.)
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For Family and Friends
If someone you care about has had a drug problem, you know how hard it can be. You know how living or dealing with someone who has a drug problem can change and even destroy your life. But family members and friends can play an important role in helping a loved one recover from drug use and addiction.
It's hard to get someone who uses drugs into treatment if he or she doesn't want it. You may be able to help the person get treatment by:
Help with treatment and recovery
After the choice for treatment has been made:
Prepare for complex emotions
You probably will feel relief and happiness when the person decides to get help. But treatment and recovery mean changes in your life too. Your emotions may become more complicated. You may:
These feelings are common. You've been through a bad period of your life, and what happened isn't easy to forget. Nor is it easy to forgive the person. Keep in mind that recovery is the road to a better life and that you can help your loved one get there.
Find your own support. Nar-Anon and similar programs are for people with family members or friends who have drug problems. They help you recover from the effects of being around someone who was addicted. You also may try family therapy.
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