What Not to Do
- Don’t attempt to punish, threaten, bribe, or preach.
- Don’t try to be a martyr. Avoid emotional appeals that may only increase feelings of guilt and the compulsion to drink or use drugs.
- Don’t allow yourself to cover up or make excuses for the alcoholic or drug addict or shield them from the realistic consequences of their behavior.
- Don’t take over their responsibility, leaving them with no sense of importance or dignity.
- Don’t hide or dump bottles, throw out drugs, or shelter them from situations where alcohol is present.
- Don’t argue with the person when they are impaired or high.
- Don’t try to drink along with the problem drinker or take drugs with the drug abuser.
- Above all, don’t feel guilty or responsible for another’s behavior.
- Try to remain calm, unemotional, and factually honest about their behavior and its day–to–day consequences.
- Let the person with the problem know that you are reading and learning about alcohol and drug abuse, attending Al–Anon, Nar–Anon, Alateen, and other support groups.
- Discuss the situation with someone you trust, someone from the clergy, a social worker, a counselor, a friend, or some individual who has experienced alcohol or drug abuse personally or as a family member.
- Establish and maintain a healthy atmosphere in the home, and try to include the alcohol/drug abuser in the family life.
- Explain the nature of alcoholism and drug addiction as an illness to the children in the family.
- Encourage new interests and participate in leisure time activities that the person enjoys. Encourage them to see old friends.
- Refuse to ride with anyone who’s been drinking heavily or using drugs.
Stopping drug abuse is not an easy task, but there are always resources to help a drug addict that can make the journey easier for any individual who wishes to finally stop doing drugs.