How Do I Tell My Friends I Don’t Want to Use Hydrocodone Any More?

How Do I Tell My Friends I Don’t Want to Use Hydrocodone Any More?

Hydrocodone is an opiate analgesic that is typically found in combination with another drug, such as acetaminophen or paracetamol. Hydrocodone is used to alleviate mild to severe pain and to alleviate coughing spells. The CDC reported that in 2008 almost 15,000 individuals died due to overdosing on prescription pain relievers, including hydrocodone. Painkiller abuse is an ever-increasing problem in today’s society.

Talking to Friends about Your Desire for Recovery

Your friends can have an enormous impact on your drug use. Your drug experimentation may have begun as way to fit in with your peers. If your friends abuse drugs, such as hydrocodone, it is easy for you to fall into the trap of drug abuse as well. If you and your peers abuse hydrocodone together, it may make it more difficult for you to tell your friends that you no longer want to abuse drugs. You may fear that they will no longer want to associate with you and that you will be all alone. You may worry that your friends will tease or mock you. Your friends may become angry with you.

On the other hand, you may be at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Your friends may be completely unaware that you have a hydrocodone abuse problem. You may have never given your peers an indication that you abuse drugs, and as much as you want to reach out to them for help, you may be afraid. You may be afraid that they will be angry with you, that you will hurt them or that they will never trust you again. You may fear that you will lose their friendship when you need it most.

Before talking to your friends about your desire for recovery, you should prepare yourself for what their responses might be and always remember that no matter what your friends say, you must do what is best for your wellbeing. The following are a few possible reactions and suggested responses:

  • Anger – If your friends are angry with you because you no longer want to abuse hydrocodone with them, emphasize that your decision is for your own wellbeing and ask them for support and encouragement. If they are unwilling to support you, it may be time to break ties. If your friends are angry because, unbeknownst to them, you were struggling with a drug problem, apologize and explain to them that you need their help and would appreciate their support as you try to make better choices.
  • Disappointment – Your friends may express feelings of disappointment. If this is the case, let them know that you understand why they are disappointed. Explain to them that although you have been making poor decisions, you have a desire to change and would welcome their support as you begin on the road to recovery.
  • Encouragement – You may receive a lot of negative feedback when discussing your hydrocodone issue with your friends, but some friends may respond with words of encouragement. Be sure to let them know that you are appreciative of their support and ask if they would be willing to help keep you accountable throughout recovery.

Talking to your friends about wanting to end your hydrocodone abuse is a big step and a scary one, but it is also an important step toward recovery.

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