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What can I do to help a colleague with a heroin addiction ?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid codependency
While it is important to support a person with an addition, you also want to make sure you don't facilitate or enable their addictive behavior. One of the best things you can do is become more educated about addiction and addictive behavior, then you will be able to avoid things that enable the addiction.
Consider going to a support group like alanon to learn more. Also read about codependency.

In brief: Avoid codependency
While it is important to support a person with an addition, you also want to make sure you don't facilitate or enable their addictive behavior. One of the best things you can do is become more educated about addiction and addictive behavior, then you will be able to avoid things that enable the addiction.
Consider going to a support group like alanon to learn more. Also read about codependency.
Dr. Steven Chen
Dr. Steven Chen
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Dr. Mary Melton
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
Do they want help.
Thats the most important question. If so then support them in finding good treatment program.

In brief: It depends
Do they want help.
Thats the most important question. If so then support them in finding good treatment program.
Dr. Mary Melton
Dr. Mary Melton
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry
In brief: Help don't enable
The most important thing is don't enable.
When your colleague asks your help for something (money, cover his behind at work, etc), one simple test is the question: is this mine to fix? If not, don't do it. Let him know you are there to help. Be aware of local addiction treatment resources. Drive him there for his first appointment.Check out nar-anon, org. Don't lend money.

In brief: Help don't enable
The most important thing is don't enable.
When your colleague asks your help for something (money, cover his behind at work, etc), one simple test is the question: is this mine to fix? If not, don't do it. Let him know you are there to help. Be aware of local addiction treatment resources. Drive him there for his first appointment.Check out nar-anon, org. Don't lend money.
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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