Helping Friend Deal with Chronic Drug Addiction

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Substance use disorders (SUD) or substance addiction is a curable disease. However, it could be slightly difficult to deal with the condition on one’s own and come clean. Someone who has decided to get sober and perseveres to that end requires assistance from family and close friends.


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slide 1: Helping Friend Deal with Chronic Drug Addiction Substance use disorders SUD or substance addiction is a curable disease. However it could be slightly difficult to deal with the condition on one’s own and come clean. Someone who has decided to get sober and perseveres to that end requires assistance from family and close friends. Because of the nature of the association friends play a critical role in the process of recovery. Here is how they can help:  Identify the problem: Friends could play an important role in identifying the condition without losing much time. As friends are sometimes closer than family members they could recognize the signs of an addiction such as slurred speech lack of hygiene tiredness and dark circles around eyes much before family members. Also realizing that all hell might break loose once the family comes to know of the vice a person suffering from SUD may find it easier and safer to confide with friends. Once the addiction is identified it is necessary to act with compassion instead of hurling accusations or getting shocked beyond words. Resolving an addiction problem requires maturity in dealing instead of a hysterical response.  Show compassion: There are different approaches for dealing with someone living with an addiction but being aggressive is never wise. When one starts judging the addiction patient it is probable that he/she will refuse to divulge further information which can be detrimental for the cure. The best course of action is to approach the subject with empathy and sensitivity. There are courses that teach empathetic handling but in many it is an inherent life skill. Friends who listen actually listen to what the patient is trying to tell are more likely to get better results. While empathy

slide 2: and compassion are important it is a just as necessary to be assertive as well and tell the addiction patient that he/she needs to attend rehab and therapy.  Offer words of encouragement: Kind words go a long way. Once someone has decided to enlist for addiction treatment it is necessary to encourage them from time to time through words and action. Tell them that they are doing a great job even when they relapse temporarily. Helping a friend in dire need is a time-consuming exercise. One might need to keep awake for long hours and listen to them but when the person emerges sober all the efforts seem worthwhile. Helping them locate the best rehabs in the US or finding the one that best serves the purpose are also effective ways of showing that one cares.  Encourage them to talk to family: Most Americans still stigmatize addiction and its patient is seen as a coward sinner or bad character. As a result most SUD patients particularly women are reluctant to share the details with close family members and continue consuming the substance on the sly. However it is unwise on their part especially in certain critical situations such as overdosing. Keeping close family members in the dark may prove to be dangerous for the patient.  Offer them help during withdrawal: There are little ways in which a friend can take care of another undergoing a withdrawal. Women who have kids back at home would be worried about them while away for rehabilitation. A good friend in such a situation could take care of the kids or run errands when no one is home.  Encourage them to attend rehabilitation and therapy: On the days they play truant friends could help the substance user by pointing out the benefits of attending rehabilitation and therapy. Whether it is a 12-step program for addiction or an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting someone grappling with an SUD will find gestures like driving them to the meet extremely helpful. Addiction – a complex disease of brain The American Psychiatric Association labels addiction as a complex condition and a brain disease which is characterized by a compulsive behavior. Most people with a substance abuse problem know that the drug is bad for them but are unable to quit because of cravings. If you or your loved one is grappling with a drug addiction it is important to seek immediate medical help. Contact the Texas Drug Addiction Treatment to know about the state-of-the- art drug addiction treatment Texas. Call our 24/7 helpline 855 980-5757 to enquire about the best drug addiction treatment facility near you.

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