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How to Confront Somebody with a Prescription Drug Addiction

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Last updated: 04/17/2019
Author: Medical Review

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Do you have reason to believe that a loved one is dealing with a prescription drug addiction? In this case, it is your duty to step in and help this person get his or her life back on track.

The way you confront somebody with a prescription drug addiction can be the difference between success and failure. Take the right approach, and the person may be willing to follow your guidance. Conversely, if you take the wrong approach, it may only make things worse.

Here are three tips for confronting somebody with this problem:

1. Be Open and Honest

This is not a time to beat around the bush. You should confront the person in an open manner, letting him or her know that you are concerned about their health. Tell them what you know, show that you are willing to help, and be clear that you are not going to give up until they are back on track.

2. Ask Questions

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Be honest about your concerns and willing to offer your support.

This is your chance to ask the person questions. Why are you abusing prescription drugs? When did it start? What can I do to help? Have you ever considered professional rehab?

By asking these types of questions, you can steer the conversation in the right direction. These types of questions can also serve as an eye opener.

3. Suggest a Solution

It is one thing to identify a prescription drug. It is another thing entirely to suggest a solution and help the person carry it out.

For example, you could find a list of local rehab facilities that have experience with this type of addiction. When you provide all this information upfront, the person is much more likely to agree.

It is never easy to confront somebody with a prescription drug addiction. The reason is simple: you never know how he or she will react. The conversation could go well, or it could turn against you soon enough. This is why you need to be prepared for everything.

If you are concerned about getting the person they help they need, don’t hesitate to ask another party for assistance. It never hurts for more than one person to show how much they care.

Don’t let anybody tell you that a prescription drug addiction is no big deal. This can have a serious impact, with the possibility of death by overdose. Fortunately, you can step in and make things right for your loved one.

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