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        Narconon is licensed to use the world renowned “New life detoxification program”

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How to help someone with drug addiction

There is nothing more devastating than to find out that a loved one or a friend is addicted to drugs or alcohol or to see someone dear to use descend the  dwindling spiral of chaos cause by such abuse, and equally there is nothing as frustrating as wanting to help them but not know how.

Many addicts are too embarrassed to admit they have a problem and remain very secretive about their habit particularly to those that are close to them. Some addicts, if confronted by a family member concerning an addiction will give an array of excuses for their suspicious behaviour rather than admit they have a problem and will seldom reach for help from a relative or spouse.  

So where do you start to help someone with drug abuse?

At first you may not even be sure they are using drugs or know what substances are involved.

However, you can be sure that all drugs abuse has both physical and mental manifestations, without training in the subject it may be difficult for to recognise the metal phenomena that are associated with drug use but the physical effects are unmistakable, particularly if you have known the person a long time  

• Sudden change in behaviour

• Mood swings; irritable and grumpy and then suddenly happy and bright

• Withdrawal from family members and old friends

• Careless about personal grooming

• Loss of interest in hobbies, sports and other once enjoyed activities

• Changed sleeping pattern; up at night and sleeping during the day

• Red or glassy eyes

• Sniffly or runny nose

• Jumpy or jittery

• Excessive talking at times and times of extreme quite

• Always seem short of money and constantly trying to borrow

• Becoming more secretive

• Rapid weight loss

• Short term memory loss

• Appear accident prone or clumsy

If you are trying to help a relative or friend to get help for drug addiction then it would be an advantage to gain some knowledge on what to expect both physically and mentally and being warned in advance of the dangers they face, the better prepared you will be when you decide to intervene and try to help them.

Next you will need to find the best way to approach the person you want to help. Just getting an addict to the point of them recognising that they do indeed need help is a major factor in any drug or alcohol rehabilitation if you can achieve this then you have crossed a major barrier.

As most drug or alcohol addicts are seldom receptive when

confronted about their drug use, it can be difficult talk to

them on the subject.  

Some addicts when approached about their habit will get

Extremely defensive, even aggressive in there denial.

It’s important to be as understanding as you can, (admitting to having a drug or alcohol addiction takes a very brave person) show them that you care, and guide them into realising that their addiction is ruining their life and even the lives of those around them. 

Drug and alcohol addicts can be very precarious and can swap and change their minds faster than the British mid–April weather forecast.  If, at this point they become receptive to changing their situation and start to seek help it is important to “strike will the iron is hot” and get them into the hands of an expert drug or alcohol counsellor at the first available opportunity.

What’s important is that you don’t wait but take action now.   What you do could save a loved one’s life.

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