If you decide to approach the person you're concerned about, there are a few things you may want to consider before you do:
Find out as much as you can about meth and its effects (both desired and undesired) so you can understand the issues and be better equipped for a meaningful discussion. This site provides information about different aspects of meth use as well as links to sites that provide more detailed information.
Make sure that you're prepared to raise the issue without becoming emotional or judging the person that you're trying to help. Rehearse what you'll say until you feel confident that you can stay calm and focussed. You don't want your best intentions to end up closing the door on future conversations.
Be specific about your concerns, listen without criticising or judging, and try to understand what's happening for the person you care about. If the person's meth use is impacting on you, negotiate an agreement that suits everyone and be clear about your own needs.
It may help you to get personalised information or advice before you talk to the person you care about. Counsellors can help you figure out the best way to approach the person and this will vary from situation to situation. This site provides contact information for organisations that offer confidential telephone, face-to-face, or online help for people who are worried about someone's use of meth and other drugs.
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