How to Help a Friend With an Addiction Problem
We can help a friend of yours who you think has an addiction
We offer FREE assessments either face to face or by telephone.
If appropriate, you can speak to a qualified addictions counsellor (professionally accredited) who will get to understand your specific needs and who will then be able to advise the best way forward for you personally.
The most important thing to remember is that you are not responsible for someone else’s behaviour. If a person wants help in stopping then there are a number of simple stages you can help them through. If they don’t want help but you are concerned about them, there are still ways that you can help. As professional counsellors we are trained and ready to help you and your loved one out of addiction.
Answering yes to five or more of the questions below means it is time to speak with a professional:
- Do you worry about this persons addictive behaviour?
- Have you ever been embarrassed by it?
- Are holidays more of a nightmare than a celebration because of this persons addictive behaviour?
- Are most of this persons friends heavy drinkers/drug users?
- Does this person often promise to stop without success?
- Does this persons behaviour make the atmosphere tense and anxious?
- Does this person deny an addiction problem because they minimise their problem?
- Do you find it necessary to lie to employers or relatives, or friends in order to hide this persons behaviour?
- Has this person ever failed to remember what occurred during a drinking/using period?
- Does this person avoid conversation pertaining to their behaviour, use of alcohol or drugs or problem drinking or using?
- Does this person justify his or her behaviour, drinking or drugging?
- Does this person avoid social situations where behavioural triggers are present, alcoholic beverages will not be served or it will not be possible to use drugs?
- Do you ever feel guilty about this persons addictive behaviour?
- Has this person ever driven a vehicle whilst under the influence of an addictive behaviour
- Are children afraid of this person, or act differently toward them, either before, during or just after they act addictively
- Are you afraid of physical or verbal attack because this persons addictive behaviour?
- Do others comment on this persons unusual or addictive behaviour?
- Do others fear riding in car with this person because of their behaviour?
- Does this person have periods of remorse and/or apologise for their behaviour?
- Does drinking less alcohol/using less drugs bring about the same effects in this person, as when in the past it required more to achieve the same effect?
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