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Drug Problems: Helping Someone Get Treatment

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Topic Overview

If you have a family member or friend with a drug problem, you probably want to help. This can be hard. You can't force a person into treatment.

One thing you can do is to stop making excuses for the person. For example, if the person is late to work, refuse to make an excuse. The person has to deal with the problems that his or her drug use causes.

If you feel that you'd like to talk to the person about the drug problem, here are some suggestions:

Some people ask a group of people to help them talk to the person who is using drugs. This is known as a group intervention. It's best to ask for help from a counselor or therapist who has had practice in group interventions.


Credits for Drug Problems: Helping Someone Get Treatment

Current as of: February 11, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Peter Monti PhD - Alcohol and Addiction


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