Ways to Help a Drug Addict


Helping a loved one battling drug addiction is not an easy thing to do.  It can be difficult to know how to help, or where to turn for help. Approaching the situation with the utmost sensitivity is important. At Desert Cove Recovery, we can help you find the resources to help a loved one in need.

The first step in helping a loved one with a suspected drug issue is to approach them about it. Anger is a common emotion among those abusing, so make sure to approach them with the maximum sensitivity and in a nonconfrontational manner. Although it can seem terrifying approaching one, you love because you are uncertain as to how they will react, bringing this to the forefront may very well be lifesaving. It is important that they know help is out here, and they can overcome this addiction.

There are many signs of unhealthy drug usage. If you suspect that one is abusing, but are not quite certain, the following are signs that you should look out for:

Physical Symptoms-

  1. Bloodshot eyes, or eyes that seem to glaze over or appear to have an “emptiness” to them
  2. Dilated Pupils
  3. Excessive weight gain or loss
  4. Bruises or any of signs on the body that appear with greater frequency, as they could be a telling sign as to where how and where drugs are entering the body.

There also are behavioral symptoms, such as:

  1. Aggressive behavior or extreme irritability or anger
  2. Changes in personality
  3. Exhibiting depression or a general sense of sadness or malaise
  4. Sudden shifts in habits
  5. Financial Issues
  6. Involvement in acts of criminality

Once you have determined that your loved one needs help and you have approached them, it important assure them that help is available and that drug addiction is not a lost battle. DesertCoveRecovery has both inpatient and outpatient treatment plans. Whichever plan that is chosen know that they won’t have to go through it alone, and that help is readily available.  An outpatient treatment facility offers more flexibility to the patient, allowing the patient to continue working and spending nights in the privacy of your home. Inpatient treatment plans are more restricted, as it is required the patient lives at the facility for the duration of the treatment which can vary between patients.

Visit us at desertcoverecovery.com for more information. And remember, you are not alone.