In some cases, discontinuing drug use abruptly can lead to seizures or death.
When an addict uses drugs over a long period of time, he experiences changes to his brain.
He may forget to eat and may neglect personal hygiene. You stand by helplessly watching your loved one destroy himself and you may feel hopeless.
The more you scream, yell or threaten, the more he turns to drugs and tries to blame you.
When you love an addict, you spend a lot of time and energy hoping he or she will change.
You probably put up with a lot of unacceptable behavior.
You may try to set limits and ultimatums to no avail and eventually you may decide to end the relationship if the addict won’t give up the drugs. You can’t control or cure his addiction, but you may have some influence over him.
Family members may join together for an intervention.
Men and women learn a lot in recovery, not just about staying sober but living a happy, satisfying life.Put energy into focusing on your own life instead of trying to control him. Learn as much as you can about the disease of addiction, and about your own codependence.Although it is painful, remind yourself that if the addict chooses drugs over you, it’s not personal.Anything that threatens that relationship is likely to be discarded, not because he wants to choose drugs over you, but because he has to. He will choose drugs over everything, not just his relationship with you.Drugs will come before his job, his friends, his other family members, his church, his goals, his dreams and even his basic survival tools such as food and water.