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Why can’t the person using drugs or alcohol see they have a problem?

16/07/2018


The influence of alcohol or other drug problems affects the person using the substance, but it can also impact on their family, friends and colleagues. Often, other people can see the problem that substance use is causing before the person using does. The person may not want to change or might not see a need to change. It may be the case that they are experiencing mental illness, such as depression, which makes it more difficult for them to realise their drug use is a problem or have the motivation to change. 

This may lead to those concerned deciding to do something about the problem, possibly trying to force the person to change. However, this approach can cause additional problems. Even though it can be difficult, it's important to remember that change happens best when the person using identifies for themselves that they have a problem and wants to do something about it.

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