Most addicts consider themselves very able to outsmart everyone else.
Very few of them consider that they can be outsmarted, but they can. Dealing with a drug addict is not easy. It can cause total upheaval in a family and even a neighborhood. Although it may feel very much like betraying your loved one, the best way to help them is to stop them in their tracks, so to speak.
If someone you love is addicted to prescription medication, call their regular physician. They can be an incredible help not only stopping the supply but also offering resources. In fact, regardless of what the person is addicted to, contacting their physician may be a good idea. Sometimes they will take the information and sometimes they will not if the addict is an adult. Allow no drugs in the home. If you find them, throw them out. It will no doubt cause anger in the addict but it’s your home and make it clear that you do not allow drugs in your home.
Try to stay positive and continue to offer to help them find rehab.
In your home, though, you are the boss and you need to stay in control.
If you can stay in control of your home with a positive attitude, that is outsmarting the drug addict. If the situation becomes hostile, call the police. The addict may be destroying their own lives but you do not have to let them destroy yours. Stick to your guns and go about your business. There are times that intervention is needed. You should always feel free to contact a rehab center about intervention. It is not available in all areas, but it is in most.
Do your homework about addiction. Stay informed and know what is going on in your home. There is a great deal of resources available to loved ones of addicts. Putting your head in the sand won’t help you or the addict. The addict will not be expecting you to know anything about their drug of choice, so make it your mission to find out everything you can. You should also get all of the help that you need to take care of yourself. Drug addicts have a way of dragging everyone down with them. Don’t let them do it.
Keeping control of your life and your home and setting limits for the drug addict will be outsmarting him or her. Drug addicts have a way of thinking they are pretty slick, and often, when it comes to getting drugs, they are. In your home, though, you are the boss and you need to stay in control.