What advice to be given to a drug dependent family member?

@dhangski (3194)
Philippines
April 19, 2008 7:56pm CST
Drug addiction specially on teenagers is really a big problem and needs more attention. I have this nephew who got hooked on it, there comes a point that he sells everything, steel money,etc. just to satisfy his needs. When we learned about it, we told him to go to a rehabilitation program, it's for his own good. Years passed, he still into it, we never left his side. We keep telling him to change. Then one day, I received a text message from him telling that he wants to go on with his life, he want to change, and the big surprise is he told me that he is volunteering to go on a rehabilitation. As of this moment, he is confined in a rehabilitation center, and so far his doing good. If this situation happens to you? Will you be by his/her side in this times? or you'll ignore it?
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@docpcp (32)
• United States
20 Apr 08
Of course, you stand by someone with this, especially someone who wants to change. The first thing you did right was to be there and point out the situation. The second was to wait -- no one can change, particularly with respect to addiction, until they want to. I just heard a really good talk on new ways of counseling that help people make the changes their own, rather feel that they are imposed. Not only that, almost all of the medicinal treatments for addiction require a motivated patient. Best of luck.
@julyteen (13265)
• Davao, Philippines
22 Apr 08
of course i can't ignore. although he is a black sheep of the family and maybe felt disappointed but it is the time to be in his side because he wants to change his life and be a good son, cousins, relatives or a friend. So, we must help him whatever he want to make his life meaningful.