How to Talk to a Friend Struggling with Addiction


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College is a time for discovery. It’s a time to climb to the top of your class, to meet new people and to have new experiences. It’s the time of your life you make your best friends who will be a part of your life for the rest of it. You will end up seeing each other through milestones like getting your first jobs and meeting your future spouses.

The problem begins if you can’t leave your experimentation in college, and that is where you need others to step up as your friends and remain there for you while you come out of this. You may not be able to let those college years go,and you may need to really rely on them to see when reckless experimentation turns into a problem. Whether they are going to recommend a residential drug addiction rehab center when the problem you are having is getting too bad, or they hold an intervention with the rest of your group, it is typically your friends who are there for you.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways that they can get through to you when they finally notice that there is a problem.

  • Don’t resent them. Holding an intervention is one thing, but they could approach with caution and respect, too. If you need their support, don’t turn them away or shout. Listen to them carefully; they have your best interests at heart.
  • Try to let them talk to you as they try to understand the problem. You may not realize that you have a problem until it’s pointed out to you, and you should expect some arguments, too. Denial is one of the steps when it comes to your behavior as an addict, but there is usually a reason for the problem beginning in the first place. Give them the chance to understand you.
  • Ask for their support. The biggest and best gift that your friends can give to you is their ear to listen, their arms to hold you and a shoulder to cry on when the days are hard.
  • Where you can, listen to their words about treatment. You may not feel ready at first, and there will be some rough starts. However, you and they both know that there will be no end to the addiction if you don't get help as quickly as possible.
  • Try to only have any of the conversations that you want to have with them when you are under the influence of any drugs. The conversation will be so much easier if you have a clear head. 


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