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How Can I Get My Boyfriend to Stop Using Prescription Drugs?

How Can I Get My Boyfriend to Stop Using Prescription Drugs?Prescription drug addiction affects millions of people every year, even if they did not intend to abuse drugs in the first place. For instance, many people are prescribed painkillers following surgery, but they feel compelled to continue taking those pills, even after pain subsides. Also, antidepressant benzodiazepines or prescription sleep aids have ensnared millions, because users eventually believe they need the drug to sleep. Seeing your boyfriend succumb to prescription addiction can be especially painful, and confronting him can seem impossible, but you can help your partner get and stay sober if you seek professional help.

How Addiction Works

Prescription drug addiction is a uniquely challenging disease, primarily because of its psychological power. Because patients have prescriptions for a medical condition, they may become blind to the addiction, thinking they must use the drug to feel good. It may seem that your boyfriend chooses to continue abusing drugs, but he may believe he has no choice in the matter. Addicts feel a compulsive need to use drugs, because drugs impact the “pleasure center” of the brain. They block physical or emotional discomfort, and the brain recognizes this relief and craves it much more powerfully than rational thought can control. This means that users will believe the drug is working, when they are actually becoming addicted to a substance.

Many prescription drug addicts also suffer from underlying emotional disorders that fuel their drug use. For instance, some prescription drug addicts also struggle with the following problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Compulsive behaviors (eating, sex, gambling and etc.)

For people to recover from both prescription drug addiction and an underlying issue, they need to treat both issues at the same time. Seek Dual Diagnosis treatment to ensure that you get the help you need.

Interventions and Addiction Recovery

An intervention is a conversational attempt to address someone’s substance abuse. Many people hold informal interventions when they give their boyfriends concerned comments or even impassioned pleas to quit. When these confrontations fail to get through to the addict, friends or loved ones may consider a formal intervention where many people sit down together to talk. Professional interventionists may be able to help you reach your boyfriend by offering the following services:

  • Counseling and education to prepare you for every possible response
  • Preparing a detailed treatment plan that can begin immediately after the intervention
  • Drafting a script that will allow you to communicate your concerns clearly and completely without getting pulled into debates
  • Establishing healthy boundaries and consequences if they are violated
  • Helping you avoid habits and actions that may enable your boyfriend’s drug use

Formal interventions are risky, because many addicts do not respond the way their loved ones hope. Therefore, do not attempt to hold an intervention without professional help.

How to Help My Boyfriend Quit Drugs

If you would like more information about holding an intervention for your boyfriend, then call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day with free, confidential advice, and they can verify any insurance coverage you have. You can begin recovery as soon as possible if you reach out right now.

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