The biggest thing to know and remember is that you cannot make them quit using drugs and alcohol. No amount of pressure or consequences will cause your loved one to quit. They must realize that there is a problem, decide to change their lifestyle, and commit to quitting.
All of this is easier said than done, of course. Watching your loved one’s addiction spiral out of control is one of the hardest things to watch. Refrain from enabling them and their drug seeking behavior by setting clear and healthy boundaries.
Though it sounds cruel to suggest removing yourself from your loved one’s life to varying degrees, sometimes it is exactly what they need to make that life changing decision of getting sober and fighting their cravings.