Healthy friendships are characterized by a certain degree of safety, vulnerability, and the knowledge that each of you ‘has the other’s back.’ Keep in mind that as your friend’s addiction becomes worse, he or she may begin to isolate and pull away from healthy relationships.
Communicate to your friend that you are trustworthy, that he or she can talk with you without fear of judgement or exposure. The only exception is if your friend communicates an intent or consideration to physically injure himself/herself or another person. You should share this information with an adult you trust.
Drug and alcohol abuse are usually symptoms of something much deeper going on. It’s important to give friends room and space to share honestly and openly, without pressuring them or judging them. Remember, we cannot and do not need to ‘fix’ other people. However, reminding a friend who is struggling that he/she is not alone, and keeping the lines of communication can make all the difference.