Drug addicts have a tendency to deny they even have a problem. In fact, it is part of the addiction. The first way of helping a drug addict is to stop denying it yourself. Gather together anyone who cares about the addict (after consulting with a drug rehab staff member) and together let the addict know that you are aware of his or her drug addiction and that you are not going to tolerate it. Of course, they will deny there is a problem, but stand firm. Let them know you will not lie for them or cover up for them and that they are accountable for their own actions. Too often, by originally thinking they are helping, loved ones bail the addict out of many situations where they should be left to face the consequences.
Another way of helping an addict is to persuade them to go to rehab. Intervention does help many people decide to get help. It helps if you have information beforehand about the preferred drug rehabilitation center and how they work. Preferably, you (and the addict) will want one that has a holistic approach and heals the entire person, not just the physical aspects of the addiction. Most drug rehabs also have people who can help with intervention as well.
In order for the drug addict to beat the addiction, everyone will need to remain strong. Be positive when speaking of rehab and how much better their lives will be. Also, don’t put your own life on hold while waiting for the addict to decide to get help. Go on with your life. Don’t give their drug addiction control over your life. Remain committed to not enabling their addiction any more. If they pass out on the sidewalk; leave them there, even if the sprinklers come on. If they become violent, call the police and have them arrested. They can go straight to rehab from there if they so choose.
Some of the best ways to actually help a drug addict may seem cruel, but they are not. They are proven life savers. Drug addictions affect families and loved ones as much as they do the addict, so you must first be ready to break yourself free. If you ever have any questions, never hesitate to call a drug treatment center and discuss it with them. They may have just the answer you are looking for.