What to do if You’re Concerned a Loved One is Using Drugs

If you are concerned a loved one is using drugs, it is difficult to know exactly what to do. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. has put together a list of what NOT to do to aid people in dealing with this difficult situation:

  • Don’t Preach: Don’t lecture, threaten, bribe, preach or moralize.
  • Don’t be a Martyr: Avoid saying things that could increase feelings of guilt and the compulsion to drink or use other drugs.
  • Don’t Cover Up, lie or make excuses for their behavior.
  • Don’t Assume Their Responsibilities: Taking over their responsibilities protects them from the consequences of their behavior.
  • Don’t Argue When Using: They cannot hold a rational conversation when under the influence.
  • Don’t Feel Guilty: or responsible for their behavior, its not your fault.
  • Don’t Join Them: Never feel the need to stay connected to them by drinking or using.



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