Drug Abuse and Dependence - Overview
You will likely need support to stay drug-free
and in recovery. This can include counseling and support groups like Narcotics
Anonymous. Recovery is a long-term process, not something you can achieve in a
What can you do if you or another person has a problem with drugs?
If you feel you have a drug problem, get help. You can visit a
doctor or go to a self-help group. The earlier you get help, the easier your
recovery will be for you and your family.
Helping someone with a
drug problem is hard. If you are
"covering" for the person, you need to stop. For
example, don't make excuses for the person when he or she misses work.
You may be able to help by talking to the person about what his or her
drug use does to you and others. Talk to the person in private, when the person
is not using drugs or alcohol and when you are both calm. If the person agrees
to get help, call for an appointment right away. Don't wait.