When you need to confront a loved one you suspect to be an Ice addict, how should you approach it? We take a look at some ways we have found helpful.
A person who is high on ice is often unpredictable, erratic and irrational. Care should be taken when confronting such a situation. Here are some basic pointers that will help you approach anyone you suspect to be using Ice.
When confronted with a suspected ice addict:
- Use a calm even tone
- Give him/her some space
- Use simple language
- Appear to be confident
- Don’t embarrass an intoxicated person
- Listen and ask careful questions but don’t ask too many questions
- Be aware of what your body language is communicating
- Validate their frustrations
- Avoid sudden movements
- Use a consistent tone of voice
- Don’t argue
- Avoid using “NO” messages.
- Don’t counsel or interview them
- Don’t argue with usual beliefs
- Move bystanders to a safe distance
- Mentally locate your nearest exit
- Reduce noise
If you suspect your loved one is using Ice, it may be time to reach out for some help. Please contact us at any time – we’re happy to give you advice on what options might suit you. We run a residential program that has helped thousands of people live drug-free.