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How Can Families and Friends Make a Difference in the Life of Someone Needing Substance Abuse Treatment?

When a person starts consuming a substance on regular basis and develops a habit and eventually starts craving for the substance to such an extent that he loses all physical mental control gets affected psychologically to a very great extent. This situation is very pathetic, as the person during normal times is aware that it is not good to take the substance. When the person becomes an addict, his family members will be the one to be affected immediately and directly. The person’s colleagues at the workplace will also find the difference in the way he works and changes get noticed in behavior also. The person’s friends are the third set of people who will be affected and notice the change.

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The addicted person’s family members are most affected as they are his main well-wisher. Next will be the friends and third will be the colleagues. It is imperative that the person will need medical help and counseling. The entire process will require maximum support from family and friends. The level of support will determine the person’s ability to cooperate in getting the treatment. When there is full support of family and friends, the confidence and innate ability to respond to treatment become easy. More than the financial support, moral support to the person is very vital. If looked down by the family or friends, the person will develop an inferiority complex and will feel insecure, depressed leading to suicidal thoughts.

The success of the treatment depends to a great extent on the support extended by family and friends. The person will feel positive and gain the necessary mental strength to accept the treatment and follow the advice given by the doctor. There is absolutely no doubt how fast the person will respond to the treatment depends to the extent to which his family members and friends support him to face this trial.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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