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Escape to a drug free life...How?

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Loved One' started by Winterybella, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. Winterybella

    Winterybella Community Champion

    I spoke in my introductory post of relatives who are addicted to marijuana. At the time I did not mention that both are now in trouble with the law. I have really tried to reach out to them and sometimes they appear receptive.

    Yet I feel like I am not doing enough. I feel like I need to do more without being a source of irritation. They know I have their best interest at heart, but they seem to be so comfortable in their world of drugs. I have often heard that it's their escape from the world and it's problems. How can I provide a more meaningful escape to a drug free life?
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  2. GenevB

    GenevB Community Champion

    Well, it's hard to get out once you entered some doors... Maybe they just don't want to escape, have you considered that? Try and think it from their point of view, why would they want to escape? Try and create that scenario, in order to make them want something you first need to show how much they can change their lives in better by doing what you want.
  3. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    For most people who are trying to escape reality then the very first thing that must be done is to help them solve problems they are trying to avoid facing. Maybe you know what the problems are but even if you don't, you can find out and do whatever you can to show them that you are concerned about what they are going through. Should they successfully get past that first hurdle then you could proceed to step #2 and try to steer them in the direction you want them to head. You'd offer advice of course but don't expect much unless they really desire to quit using the drugs.
  4. Winterybella

    Winterybella Community Champion

    I do understand what you are saying and it makes good sense. I have in fact employed some of these methods but not with much long term success.

    To your point, the person you are seeking to help has to have that desire to quit and for me that might be the major problem. It's my observation that many addicted to marijuana do not see a need to quit. For many I know this is the drug that is home friendly and comes highly recommended.
  5. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    It will be great if they could realize that a problem cannot be solved by another problem or their addiction. And that getting addicted to something is not a real escape from reality but just making their reality worst. It is a nice thing that you show care and support to them.
  6. Kamarsun1

    Kamarsun1 Active Contributor

    To totally escape the drug life is hard. We are all feed drugs at a very early age, and sugar is the biggest legal drug on earth, drugs are in the food, and the water, drug are everywhere.