Family members are often in a good place to help people make safer choices about drugs, and to help them access support services.
If someone in your family is using alcohol or other drugs, it can cause an immense amount of stress and conflict. It’s completely normal to feel helpless, frustrated, worried and upset. The person taking drugs might be acting very erratically – maybe they’re becoming aggressive, angry and violent, or withdrawn and detached, or both at different times. You might not know how to act around them, or how they’re going to behave when you see or talk to them. Their drug use might be affecting your whole family.
There are no simple answers or easy solutions, but speaking to someone at Addiction NI can help you to work through the issues.