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  • May

    User's Denial

    How do I go about getting help for someone when I know they have a problem but they deny it?

    Talk to them without being judgmental and defensive because you won't get anywhere if you do. Getting someone to open up about their drug use isn't easy but the more defensive you are, the more they will be.

    Denial is a normal part of addiction, you can't force someone to admit they have a problem with drugs or alcohol but asking questions and providing information without being judgmental will get someone's attention. Many people use drugs or alcohol because of emotional pain or depression and they don't even realize that's why they use. If they're willing eventually to get help let them know you will be there for them and help them find the treatment they need.

    Professional Interventions can help an addict see their need for help without causing heated arguments so that's always an option.

    Don't enable the person such as giving them money or lie for them in attempt to hide their drug use from others. Don't let them push the blame on you or others for their drug use because this is their choice and their responsibility. Let them know that when they're ready you will help in any way you can and support them in their efforts but never cover for them or blame yourself.

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