Overall, people will start consuming drugs for a wide variety of reasons. From that one moment of curiosity at a friend’s party to a desire to numb emotional pain stemming from a tragedy, men and women may start consuming pain pills and drinking alcohol to mute a problem that is not easily muted, while others simply seek the thrill of getting high for the first time. While we can’t fully understand what drives a person into the darkness of addiction, we can definitely provide the support they need during this difficult time. Here is how you can help someone who is coping with drug addiction.
A Host of Risk Factors
Keep in mind that not every person who experiments with drugs will turn into an addict, but certain factors can definitely increase the chances of this sickness taking root:
- Genetics/family history
- Traumatic experiences, like neglect or abuse
- Mental illnesses, like anxiety, depression, OCD, or bipolar disorder
- Administration method; specifically injection or smoking, which increase addictiveness
- Early-onset drug use
Become the Friend and the Student
For many people whose friends or family members suffer from addiction, this new chapter marks a turning point to become the friend and the student. You not only provide emotional support but, in this case, you should also strive to learn more about this situation. Here are some examples of how you can help an addict:
- Education: By gaining more knowledge about your friend or family member’s sickness, the more you can sympathize with what they are suffering from.
- Support: Always be there for our loved one when they need you and as permitted by the residential treatment facility, if applicable.
- Encouragement: You can’t force an addict to heal himself/herself, but you can convince them to go to rehab (forcefully, if need be) for the purpose of healing.
- Self-love: Ironically, one of the most important elements involves a little narcissism. If you want to care for your loved one, you have to care for yourself so you can be in the best mental and physical states to assist them.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism
Alcoholism anddrug addiction are dangerous sicknesses that should never be taken lightly. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.
Are you suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or drug addiction? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is coping with the same illness? In both cases, get in touch us at with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you are seeking more information about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.