A wise man once said, “Love is doing what will help a friend, even if it means you lose the friendship”. To help an addict, the first hurdle is to get the addict’s agreement to receive help. No amount of advice or friendly mannerisms is going to make a difference if there is no willingness to quit. This can be difficult but definitely not hopeless.
This is called intervention and can be the most difficult part of their recovery from addiction. The good news is this, there are things you can do or say to bring them to the realization that help is needed. It is important to remember that your addicted friend is not fully aware of his/her condition so, it is imperative that you help him/her to see the damages the addiction is doing to them and others. There will likely be more than enough emotional baggage and turmoil while you’re talking to the addicted person. Make sure that you are not adding to it.
When you are so sure and you have gotten the confession, it will be very difficult to end drug addiction without thorough and effective drug rehab. In order to get your friend off drugs for good, you’ll need to demand that they actually get rehabilitated.
When discussing rehab with a drug-addicted friend, your message can have a much greater chance of arriving if you recruit other friends and family members to help. Sometimes it takes a team of loved ones to really get a friend to see how badly they are hurting themselves and how vital rehabilitation is.
As a friend, you should never leave your friend alone and be patient enough to walk with them throughout the journey. Never give up and always be the steady hand.