When a Friend or Family Member Is Stealing From You for Drugs

When you’re less important than a drug habit, theft can be the result. While it’s devastating to discover theft, the act does provide you with an opportunity to address the addiction issue, once and for all. In the end, it might provide you with the tool you’ll need to help the person accept treatment in the best exclusive residential or outpatient addiction treatment center.

A Common Tactic

It might be hard to believe, but many people who use drugs steal from people they know and care about. For example, according to the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance, 80 percent of people who abuse drugs steal from their places of employment in order to sustain their addictions. Far more people might steal from those they live with. The theft could be minor and include spare change or leftover medications. The theft could also be major, as the person might raid bank accounts, grab credit cards or take jewelry. The thief might also steal identifying information, allowing the person to open up bank accounts or take out loans under your identity.

Excuses Thieves Might Use

People caught in the act of stealing might throw up a wall of words in order to keep you from doing anything to stop the theft from occurring in the future. Common phrases used include:

  • “I forgot to ask you.”
  • “You told me I could have it. Don’t you remember?”
  • “I just need the money for a few days. I didn’t think you’d mind.”
  • “I was going to give it back.”
  • “I’d let you borrow from me, if you needed to.”

What You Can Do

Small acts of theft can provide you with the opportunity to address the addiction in clear terms, and perhaps encourage the person to enter an exclusive inpatient or outpatinet treatment program. People who have addictions often harbor a significant amount of denial about how serious the addiction issue is, and how much the addiction might be hurting friends, family members and other people the addict loves. By pointing out that you noticed the theft, and that you feel betrayed and hurt by the action, you might be able to break through that cycle of denial and encourage the person to accept help for the addiction.

Crimes among family members often go unreported. In a study of issues of family violence, published by the U.S. Department of Justice, 34 percent of those who were victims didn’t report the issue because it was a “private/personal matter.” The truth is that some crime is a best handled by law enforcement agents. For example, major thefts might necessitate law enforcement action. If your identity has been stolen, you’ll need a police file number in order to talk with the creditors about the issue. Homeowners insurance policies might also require a police file number before you can be reimbursed for the theft of expensive items in your home. Filing a report might result in the arrest of the person you love, but once again, this could be beneficial. An arrest could be the wakeup call that gets the person into treatment.

We Can Help

When theft helps the person you love to see the need for treatment, we’re here to help. We’ll ask you a few questions and then run a search through our extensive database to help you find just the right treatment center to meet your needs. Please contact us today.