My roommate is using drugs again. What should I do?

If your roommate is using drugs again you may be wondering to yourself what should I do?

Having a roommate relapse can be very scary and probably will send you into a little bit of a panic. Dealing with relapses in any capacity can be difficult but this is your roommate, you live with them. It’s a little different when you have someone who shares your living space such as a roommate end up using drugs again. Don’t worry though there are certain steps you can take to make sure you and your roommate will make it through this and be ok.

Kick your roommate out.

Your best option and one that is safest for you is to ask your roommate to leave. When an addict or alcoholic begins using drugs again they are very unstable and not themselves. Your roommate although he or she may be a great person, when on drugs, could end up stealing from you, lying to you, breaking things, or inviting people who aren’t so great over. This is the nature of the disease not the nature of your roommate, remember that. If your roommate is using drugs again and you want to ask them to leave make sure to do it with love, kindness, and in a way which your roommate will probably understand.

Get your roommate’s family involved.

Do you have your roommate’s family phone numbers? Do you know your roommate’s family? Can you get ahold of them somehow? Instead of immediately jumping towards kicking your roommate out for using drugs again you could call their family and let their family know what’s going on. They may be able to give your roommate a place to stay if he or she can no longer stay in your apartment or they may be able to take certain steps towards getting your roommate into a drug and alcohol rehab.

Take your roommate to the hospital or detox if they are willing.

If you are capable of sitting down and having a conversation with your roommate since they started using drugs again, then you may want to talk to them about going to detox or the hospital. See if your roommate wants help for the drug and alcohol problem. If you are very close with your roommate tell them how their using affects you and how you want them to get help and that if they get help they can continue on living there with you. If your roommate is using drugs again but it is willing to go to detox or the hospital, call the nearest facility in your area and get your roommate there asap. The detox facility and hospital will also be able to guide you on how to handle the entire situation.

If your roommate is using again and you don’t know what to do, it is always best to ask for outside help from family, a facility, or law enforcement. If you don’t think this is necessary you can attempt to talk to your roommate on your own. Your roommate after using drugs again should not be allowed to stay with you any longer though. If your roommate gets severely dangerous or becomes a threat to you or becomes a threat to them selves, then you should call 911 immediately. You both can make it through this, no need to panic. Ask for help.