There are many people that deal with drug addictions in the world and many of those drug addicts are trying to quit. Words that people say can have an overwhelming influence on them and so we must be careful to positively impact people that are planning to quit. There are five phrases you never want to say to a drug addict trying to quit.
1) Once you’re an addict, you are always an addict! This not a very encouraging thought and there is no truth in this phrase at all. The philosophy that addiction is a disease gives room to justify it. Addiction is sin because the addict chose it and if they quit, they never have to use again. If you tell a drug addict trying to quit that they will always be an addict, than that will excuse them using again in the future. When an addict is trying to quit, they can and they are not an addict anymore. Imagine putting on an application that you are an addict in remission? Once an addict, you have the opportunity to never be an addict again. That is great news!
2) It will be a tough road! Every addict knows their addiction has been a tough road and most have common sense enough to know that quitting will be tough. The “you can do it” attitude or “I am behind you all the way” spirit is what an addict needs. They don’t need to be lied to and told “everything will be perfect” and they also don’t need to have negative things implanted in their heads. The more positive things a person can speak to a drug addict trying to quit, the easier it will be.
3) There is a good methadone clinic nearby! This is mainly for someone trying to quit heroin, but methadone is addictive and it is nothing more than a replacement drug. It is like replacing cigars with cigarettes and the difference between them is minimal. Graduating from heroin to methadone is a demotion and nobody should give that advice if the goal is to quit being an addict.
4) Stay clean a long time before you go and find a job! The worst thing a drug addict trying to quit can do is have a lot of free time on their hands. Ideas start to mount in their minds and before you know it, that spare time turns into a bad decision. Work is the best thing for a person trying to quit and being busy will keep their mind off of the drugs.
Many people say things in a careless way with no harm intended to someone trying to quit their addiction. However, these words can potentially be negative weapons and one should be very careful how they use their words and what to avoid.