Ask Amy: I didn’t realize I was contributing to my friend’s addiction

Dear Amy: I’ve come to realize that I’ve been enabling my friend “Jack” in his addiction to medication.

Amy Dickinson 

At first, I didn’t realize he had a problem. He claimed he had intermittent neck pain and didn’t have time to see a doctor because he’s caring for his mother, who is in very bad health.

As time went on, his requests for my medication became more and more frequent.

I asked him, “If this is so serious why don’t you have a prescription?” He says he does, but it has lapsed.

After hearing that, I told him that I can’t provide my medication anymore.

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I need my medicine. I thought I was helping him because he was helping his mother.

I told him that I realized this is an emotional time for him, and then suggested that he might be self-medicating. He said he probably was, then asked me for more. I said no.

I feel guilty for giving him the medication in the first place.

I want to help, but I don’t think I can. I feel like I’ve been a horrible friend.

 Horrible Friend

Dear Friend: You are right — you should not have given your medication to anyone else. In addition to the fact that you need your medication to treat your own illness, you are not a physician and can’t prescribe an appropriate and safe medication and dosage for another person.

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However, addicts tend to be persuasive and manipulative. Your friend counted on you to respond with generosity and compassion, and you did. I hope you won’t make the same mistake again. He obviously needs professional help, and making this suggestion is the most you should do.

Dear Amy: Recently a couple with whom my husband and I were casual friends some years ago moved to our city.

We helped them with a few things related to their move, such as storing some of their items and finding various service people.

They’re now settled into their new house and have asked us to come to dinner. However, based upon some things they have said (and not said), we believe they have not received COVID vaccines.

We are fully vaccinated but remain cautious and are uncomfortable …read more

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