Co-worker addicted to oxy?

by Ekaterina
(Russia)

I have a co-worker who started using oxy at work. I've tried telling him several times that he is very irritable, unpleasant and crazy looking but he would just get angry. He had problem with pills before. It seems like he is on a downward spiral again.

What can I do to help him? Or there is nothing because he needs to realize it himself. He says it’s none of my business how many pills he takes etc.

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Denial is a huge problem difficult to overcome.
by: Debbie Wicker

Your co-worker is likely addicted to the oxies which is an opiate. Drug addiction is a disease that attacks the brain and convinces the addict that they MUST use. Generally, they develop an increased tolerance for the opiate and need more and more pills to get the same "high".

It's going to be hard for you to help him and also avoid making him angry. Because the drug is controlling his brain he will likely resist any and all attempts to help him. He will not appreciate that you're trying to HELP him.

Do you know anyone in his family? Are they aware of his drug addiction? The best thing for him is to get into detox and treatment. His family can try to do an intervention to break his denial and move him away from his addiction and into recovery. Family members are the most likely to be able to get through to him and past his addiction.

Many people have to hit rock bottom before they're willing to get help. Addicts will generally do ANYTHING to get the drug, so be careful and don't give him any money. Also, avoid doing anything to enable his addiction. The more he feels the ramifications of his drug use, the sooner he will seek help.

Good Luck!



Denial as well
by: mindy

Until he admits he has a problem or overdoses or worse, I don't know what you can do. It takes major life changing events to happen before some people change. Maybe you could just try being a friend first and let him bring it up.

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