I know a close friend of mine started smoking pot a while ago, and he also once told me he has tried "squares" too. I don't like drugs myself, but I didn't have too much of a problem back then.
So a few months back he started acting weird. He stopped answering calls, and he rarely shows up in school. A while back he "lost" a device of mine. He promised he would make it up to me, but all he has done is to evade responsibility. I think it's natural to want a compensation, but at this point, I think it's unrealistic to expect for one.
He also avoids being with our former group. When we gather, he doesn't show up. But he does go to a lot of parties. Like, every third day or so. He stays up late at night, as his facebook, whatsapp, twitter, etc, activity shows. Even when he doesn't have a party.
His attitude matches to how people suffering from addictions behave. And I also saw one of his new friends, and it wasn't pretty. So I am inclined to think that he has, in fact, become a junkie.
I have already read all the yadda-yadda from overachieving, first world countries. But here's the thing. Where I am from, support is quite limited. There's no toll-free hotline, counseling or anything that resembles that.
A part of me is pissed that he took advantage from me, and that he isn't sorry in the least. And I also want to protect myself and my belongings by steering away from all this bullcrap. He hasn't touched rock bottom, yet, but something tells me he's not too far away from losing control completely. I really don't want to have to do with this mess, and the people he hangs out with.
But another part of me tells me it isn't the right thing to do, and I'd be a s*** of a human being by standing there with my arms closed while he whirlpools his way down the drain. I'm still not sure how much of a risk I'd take for anyone. When (because it's not a matter of if when you're knee-deep into that garbage) he messes with the wrong dudes, it's not gonna be nice, and it's gonna hurt everyone around it.
Tl;dr My friend shows signs of drug abuse and I wonder whether if I should run away with the tail between my legs, or figure out a way to help him, even if that puts me or my stuff at risk.