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How to know if your loved one is using drugs?

It may not be easy to notice a loved one’s use of drugs. This depends on both the frequency of use as well as how much the user is able or willing to hide their use from the people close to them. Changes in someone’s behaviour may hint at drug use. Avoid premature conclusions and first try to figure out what’s happening to your loved one.


What to do if your loved one is using drugs?

Familiarize yourself with what exactly drug use means and learn about the subject. We advise to seek help also for yourself — our specialists and support persons are able to give support and recommendations to loved ones as well. They will also counsel you about what to do when a loved one who is using drugs refuses to acknowledge the problem or to seek help. Links to the contacts of our counselling services.


What to do if your friend is using drugs?

It is important to understand why people use drugs — knowing the reasons will help understand the user and talk to them about drugs. Familiarize yourself with what exactly drug use means and learn about the subject. 

When talking about drugs, remain calm and try to describe your standpoints and feelings. It is important to listen to the loved one’s opinion and express your worries over their health, safety and well-being.

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What to do if you suspect that your co-worker is using drugs?

The behaviour of a person who uses drugs may differ from how they acted previously, and it may be difficult to figure out whether this behaviour is caused by drug use or some other problem. Familiarize yourself with what exactly drug use means and learn about the subject.

What parents should know about drugs

The family has an important role in preventing drug use in youth by creating a living environment that supports the child daily, and by setting down intra-familial rules. Important norms and values are first taught to children by the family, and only then by educational facilities and friends; all these groups also help shape a person’s behaviour and identity. Parents my find the subject of drugs too scary to discuss at home, but often they are the most trustworthy source of information regarding health that the youth themselves prefer. Familiarize yourself with what exactly drug use means and learn about the subject.

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Co-dependency — what is it?

Co-dependency is characterized by the aspiration to control the drug user’s every step and to settle the consequences of their actions. A co-dependent home is dominated by the spirit of mistrust; sincere and direct communication is practically impossible. For example, a person suffering from co-dependence may spend hours planning how to spend time together with and behave around the person who uses drugs. Acknowledging co-dependency is the first step towards possible solutions.

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