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FAQ

My son is 25 and addicted to heroin. How can I persuade him to come to you? I need help.

Drug addicts only take the decision to join a rehabilitation programme, and hence to change the way they live, when they feel that the vicious circle of substance abuse has come to a close, in one way or another. Unfortunately, the cycle is personal, and no one can predict when it will close for an individual user. Pressure from family and friends, fear of being given up on and left alone, fear of failing health, fear of problems with the law are just some of the factors that can lead a user to decide to change. It would certainly be useful if you were to contact your local KETHEA Family Support Unit to discuss things you can do and the stance and behaviour which the family will have to adopt, given your son’s refusal to face up to the situation.