Tips on Fighting a Prescription Drug Addiction?

Question by warpedhybrid: Tips on fighting a prescription drug addiction?
I want to help someone get over their addiction to sleeping pills, codeine and valium. They will not seek professional help, advice for how to do this without medical/psycholgical treament?

Best answer:

Answer by zangmo315
you simply can’t make someone get help for this if they don’t think they have a problem, or if they know they have a problem & don’t want help.
you can be supportive, but that’s about it.
until he/she is ready any help (medical, rehab, psych etc) will simply be a waste of time & money.
my husband had a prescription & alcohol problem & it took him a few yrs to be able to admit that it was time to fix it. (he’s now sober 5+ yrs).
good luck

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4 Responses to Tips on Fighting a Prescription Drug Addiction?

  • Rick says:

    Solving an addiction like that without medical or psychological treatment is probably not practical in most cases. The only other thing that might work is an “intervention” where 6-10 friends, relatives, and mate sit down with them and ALL tell the person that they have a problem and need to take some action to solve it.

    Otherwise, the only hope is that someday they will admit their problem and take action to fix it on their own. Hopefully, they won’t accidentally or purposely kill themselves before that happens.

  • parkermbg says:

    If they wont get help/are not open minded enough to try common practice methods that are safe,…you should wash your hands of them-walk away! (let them know you care- of course-but you are not going to watch them self destruct!)
    Find meetings of nar-anon or alanon for yourself so you can better understand what is going on & the tough love approach to this problem.

  • ^nez^ says:

    I think your friend need an addiction intervention. An intervention is the action taken by family, friends, employer and/or concerned others to actively assist someone to change unacceptable behavior.

  • abcjackob1 says:

    awwwwwwwwwwww yeah!?

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