Updated 09 February 2013
10 questions on addiction
Here are 10 questions from the expert forums, mostly from friends and family members, who want to know what they can do about addiction in their families and social circles.
Addiction and substance abuse never just affect the addict. Here are 10 questions from the expert forums, that are mostly from friends and family members, who want to know what they can do about addiction in their families and social circles. See what the experts advise - and think about what you would have done.
My friend is on drugs, but his wife doesn't know. What must I do?
My friend's daughter does heroin and has been jailed for shoplifting. What can we do to help?
How on earth do I deal with my alcoholic husband?
I'm off drink and drugs, but addicted to painkillers. Where can I find support?
I took up to 80 codeine tablets per day. I stopped 9 days ago. Why am I not experiencing withdrawal symptoms?
Do drugs cause depression, or do I do drugs because I am depressed?
My friend is an addict, but she can't stop skindering about other people with addiction problems.
My husband drinks and is abusive. I want to leave him, but how?
My son is spiking heroin. What do I do?
My ex-husband is on drugs now. How much responsibility should I take for him?
(Compiled by Susan Erasmus, Health24, March 2012)