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How To Counsel A Drug Addict
Treatment in Context: My focus = understanding what hopes/dreams/plans the person has or at least once had...On understanding what makes her/him happy ; gives her/his life meaning. It's not easy 2overcome an addiction so it's impt 2how much the person wants 2kick it ; how prepared s/he is 2 get thru discomfort. I certainly want 2 know what the substance does for her/him - what pleasure or relief s/he gets from it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alanon: People who are in love with a drug addict commonly have a hard time "getting through" . Until someone admits that they have a problem, options for helping are very limited and feelings of helplessness, anger and sadness are common al-anon is a support group for family and friends of addicts who use alcohol and drugs. (not group therapy) http://www.Al-anon.Alateen.Org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do they say that tough love and kicking a drug addict out is one of the worst things you can do for the person.You'd think it'd teach a lesson no?
It depends.: Kicking out can be the worst thing or the best thing. When it is necessary, hopefully other treatments, programs, interventions have been tried, and the situation is deemed dire. It is a last resort. Even then it should be presented in a caring matter. "Tough love" otherwise? It depends on what you mean, but it may be sensible, provided that biological aspects of addiction are not lost sight of. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addiction =addiction: These are all terms for people affected by addiction. Some of them sound "cuter" than others, but they all mean the same thing. I once know someone who preferred to call him self a pothead rather than a marijuana addict, but he was just that, a marijuana addict. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do they say tough love and kicking a drug addict out is one of the worst ways to handle it? Doesn't it teach them a lesson?
Drug use disorder: People affected by substance use disorder can be burdensome to family and friends. It is difficult to understand their persistence and narrowing of the repertoire, and this might trigger anger and rejection. However, there are ways to help them look and sustain some care. For example, intervention by the family and sponsors such as AA/NA. There are some walk in clinics or centers as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In love: Schedule a session for both of you with a counselor that works with codependency issues. ...Read more
See below: Coming face-to-face with reality means accepting that parts of your life may be out of control as a result of loving someone who is engaging in addictive behaviours. The only person you have any control over is yourself. You do not have control over anything the addicted person does. ...Read more
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