Finding Drug and Alcohol Rehab for your Peer
Young adults are tightly bound to their peer groups. As an adolescent or young adult in your twenties, if you spend your time with friends who engage in drug use or alcohol consumption, there is a strong chance that you will as well. But what are you to do if you feel that one of your peers has taken things too far? How can you help if your friend is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction?
Does your Peer need Alcoholism or Drug Addiction Treatment?
The first important step in finding help for a friend is determining whether or not they even have a problem with drugs or alcohol. The following signs and symptoms of addiction can you help make a determination as to whether or not an intervention is required:
- Suddenly hanging out with a new peer group that is unfamiliar to you and your friends
- Asking to borrow money, or stealing money from friends (presumably to support their habit)
- Mood swings, anxiety or depression
- Drinking alcohol at socially unacceptable times
- Poor performance at work or school
- Long, unexplained absences
While there may be any number of explanations for these behaviors, one or more of them taken together can mean that the individual is struggling with addiction – and consequently needs your help.
Getting help for Your Addicted Peers
If you’ve determined that your friend has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and have tried talking to them about the problem (to no avail) then the next step is to call for an intervention. An intervention is a surprise meeting of individuals who are deeply concerned about their friend’s lifestyle and substance abuse. Hiring a professional interventionist for the meeting is strongly recommended, as they can help the process go smoothly. Once the intervention is complete, the individual should be taken immediately to an alcohol or drug rehab program.
Peer Drug Addiction and Alcoholism: What you can do
In addition to calling for an intervention, there are a number of things you can do to help your peer overcome addiction. Do not use drugs or alcohol while in the presence of your friend. Temptation and distraction are two main reasons why individuals relapse. Also, provide a loving presence for your friend. Tell them how proud you are of them, and take part in counseling and support group opportunities where you can play a role.