Most people looking for drug abuse information are looking for a way to help their friends or family member to deal with a drug abuse problem. Let’s take a look at some of the options involved for someone who may be struggling with drug abuse.
First of all, it may be beneficial if you are the friend or family member of a struggling drug abuser for you to get some help yourself. This is best done at an Al-Anon meeting. There they will help you to deal with your problem using group support and group therapy.
Second of all, you may want to consider doing an intervention of sorts if you believe that the drug abuse has escalated out of control. This is not a light decision though and doing an intervention could easily backfire. Make sure you have exhausted all options before you arrange such an intervention. Typically, if they are only abusing drugs but are not yet addicted, then a full scale intervention is probably a bit much. Encourage counseling or even rehab from an informal perspective before you try to arrange anything professional.
Third, if someone is abusing drugs to the point that they are suffering consequences from it, then they might be crossing the line into drug addiction. If so then they will need serious help in order to deal with their problem. The best option in this case is almost always going to be inpatient drug rehab. Many people are not willing to go to rehab though, because they will still be in denial and they will think that this solution is far too extreme for their situation. If this is the case then you might encourage them instead to go see a counselor or a therapist. People might be more open to seeing a therapist than going to a rehab facility, so you might “take what you can get” in this case and just try to urge the person to get some form of help.
If someone is abusing drugs and they are not receptive to your urges for them to get help, then you will probably just have to back off and let them endure more pain. People do not typically change their entire life when things are going decent for them. And, they do not change if they are still having fun with the drugs. It is only after much pain and misery will a drug abuser choose to make the difficult leap and look at trying to change their whole life.