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What Friends and Family Should Know About Drug Rehabilitation

As your loved ones drug addiction has spiraled out of control, you may feel frustrated, worried, and sometimes even scared for their life. As a good friend, you can do everything in your power to confront this person about their habits and to suggest drug rehabilitation.

Confronting a drug addict is never easy and will often upset the individual who is likely to be in denial about their habits. However the more stubborn you are with them, and no matter how upset they are, your words are sure to eventually have the effect needed to convince the individual that drug rehabilitation is necessary.

Supporting a friend or family member to enroll into drug rehabilitation can be done through casual conversation, a scheduled intervention, or even a heated confrontation about their behavior and actions. No matter which method(s) you use, you should know that you simply can not force a person into drug rehabilitation.

In order for a drug rehabilitation to be as successful as it should be, the individual seeking treatment must have surpassed denial and then be willing and ready to change. Without having reached this level, an individual simply will not participate in the programs at a drug rehabilitation center and all efforts are likely to be a lost cause.

So, if you know somebody who you feel should seek drug rehabilitation, you can help by helping them to recognize and face that they are suffering drug addiction. You should never be overly critical or because drug addiction is never a choice...it is a disease beyond the persons' control.

The best ways to show support and to encourage drug rehabilitation is to remain a friend, no matter how upset the individual may become with you. Remind them that you are not trying to hurt them, you are trying to help them to stop hurting their self.

Also, provide specific examples of their negative behavior and how it has affected you or others. Be prepared with information provided by a nearby drug rehabilitation center that displays common characteristics of drug addiction, and use this as reference when discussing the negative behaviors you have observed.

Finally, once your friend is in a drug rehabilitation you should continuously show support throughout their addiction treatment. Visit often, and tell them how proud you are of them. Participate in the group and family counseling programs, if possible, and you should receive education yourself about how to help your friend continue a life free from drug addiction once their drug rehabilitation has been successfully completed.