While your friend’s well-being and safety aren’t necessarily your responsibility, it is your job to let them know how it is affecting you and offer to help find solutions.
There is hope for prescription drug addiction. And the first step to finding help begins with you.
Before you have a conversation with your friend, find a resource to send them to. It’s not fair to confront someone without having a next step. When the time is right, have a firm but loving conversation about your choice to have them seek help. Make sure you use encouraging and non-judgemental languagethroughout your conversation. And—above all—be a friend, not a preacher. They need your help, not your admonishment, and it’s your job to get them the help they need.
Self-Withdrawal: self-withdrawal from prescription drug use has a significant impact on the body, including anxiety, seizure, sweating, hypertension and possible death. It is important for your friend to detox with medical supervision.
Everyone who is trying to defeat their issues with prescription drugs needs a resource to help. Prescription drug abuse may not be something your friend can conquer by themselves. When determining the right place to recommend to a friend, consider these four things:
- Is the behavioral services facility CARF accredited?
- Are they committed to enhancing your quality of life?
- Can they help your friend meet their personal recovery goals?
- Can they create a custom recovery plan to help them on their recovery journey?
The journey to manage addiction may not be quick, but it’s an important mission. There is hope, and your friend can find help at Prelude.