Initiating a Discussion on Drug Abuse

Initiating a Discussion on Drug Abuse

Talking about drug abuse can be awkward, intimidating, or even frightening. Whether you are a concerned parent, a worried child, or a scared friend, seeing a loved one succumb to addiction is heartbreaking and confusing. Learning how to effectively initiate a discussion on drug abuse can be a critical first step toward your loved one’s eventual recovery.

When does the occasional recreational use of marijuana or other drugs become a problem? How can a person tell if he is developing an addiction? The following symptoms are often signs that your loved one has a problem:

  • Dishonesty about drug use
  • Making excuses or justifications for drug abuse
  • Emotional outbursts or anger when the subject of addiction is raised
  • Noticeable changes in activity levels
  • Relational distance
  • Sudden financial problems with no visible cause
  • Marked changes to sleep patterns
  • Changes of appetite
  • Regular pattern of substance abuse

The right time to bring up the subject of drug abuse, however, is often long before these symptoms are visible. Parents should start talking with their children about drug abuse as soon as they feel they are ready. Being open to discussing drug use and abuse in a calm and informative way any time your kids have questions can be extremely important.

How To Initiate A Discussion About Drugs

Addicts are often the last people to know that they have a problem. Many people benefit greatly from addiction counseling and education before they bring the subject up with their loved one. Understanding the physiological and psychological effects of this disease can greatly improve the efficacy of your attempts to communicate concern, love, and support.

Some of the intervention skills that counseling can help you cultivate include the following:

  • Preparing what you are going to say in great detail – possibly even writing a script
  • Recognizing and controlling your own emotions as you speak
  • Being prepared for any of several possible reactions
  • Speaking clearly and communicating your concern in a loving way
  • Acknowledging your own past mistakes and responsibilities
  • Offering unconditional support and assistance

It is important to avoid potentially volatile discusses such as these when you are tired, emotionally drained, recently hurt, or panicked.

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Confronting someone about a possible addiction is difficult. Let us help you navigate these confusing and potentially volatile conversations with expert support and advice. Call now.