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How Do You Help a Drug Addict?

Drug addiction in Canada is a serious social issue. Addiction to drugs is not an individual problem. It is a societal concern. The addict can be anyone among your family members. However, in most cases the present-day Canadian youths become more inclined in consuming drugs. The reason for this addiction can be manifolded.
• You can become an addict maybe because you have a problem in school.
• You are not having a comfortable relationship with your parents.
• Your friends may be avoiding you.
• Your lover has betrayed you
• Your marriage has not been successful.
• You are not able to perform well in office.
• The problem can also be physical causing you great pain and agony.

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There are instances when you will find that a person who was once very timid and shy has become quite smart after having drugs. For him, drug is a way to boost his level of confidence in life. However, this is in no way the right way of doing things. When a person is incapable of solving a problem, he chooses to have drugs as an escape from the cause. This is absolutely wrong. It will temporarily help you out and at the same time lead you towards the path of destruction.

How does a drug addict behave?

A person addicted to drugs behaves in a very weird fashion. Most of the time, you will find him being very confusing. He starts doing things which he has never done before and stops doing things which he has always loved and enjoyed doing. However, there are certain concrete symptoms of drug addiction. Just watch out for them.

• If the person is young and is without a job, he will gradually develop the habit of stealing.
• He won’t feel like finishing things he has started doing.
• He develops the habit of telling lies.
• You can never predict what the person is going to do, and thus you can never have faith in him.
• The addict suffers from several mood swings. Most of the time he remains depressed.
• The addict indulges in social isolation and starts avoiding his friends and family.

How can you help the addict get rid of this habit?

• First, you have to understand the nature and extent of his addiction. However, there are multiple models to describe craving. These models also explain the reason for addiction, but none of them are absolutely correct. The more you learn about the models the more you will be able to help the addict.
• Be sympathetic to an addict. Show interest in his problems. This will help you understand better and help the victim get rid of both – the distress and the addiction.
• Behave normally with the addict. Don’t let him understand that you know about his addiction. Just try to talk to a victim and see how it works. However, your conversation with the addict may not always be successful. Don’t lose hope. Try again and you are sure to be victorious.

• A formal intervention is necessary to help a person surrender his situation. However, don’t go to the heights of persuasion. Just be precise and formal.

• If they commit a mistake don’t try to cover it up and save the victim from impending embarrassment.
• If they are financially weak don’t try to show sympathy and lend money to them.
• Be strict with them but don’t show unnecessary rigidity.
• The most effective way of help would be to find a drug rehabilitation center for them. In Canada, there are several rehab centers. Just contact them and help the victim get rid of this distressing situation.

Thus, in short, you should have a normal social approach towards a drug-addicted individual. Don’t be over sympathetic or overly strict. Be that normal person and help the victim to behave normally as well.


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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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