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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
Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more
Differences by state: Each state has its own procedure, so you would need to check with the magistrate in your area. Generally for commitment, the person needs to be both mentally ill and dangerous to self or others. Alcohol and drug abuse may or may not meet these criteria. In some states, "gravely disabled" (judgment is so impaired that the person is incapable of accepting treatment) substitutes for mentally ill. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do they say kicking a drug addict out and turning your back on them is the worst thing ever? Won't that make them learn?
Addict: This is true to a certain extent - most drug addicts needs strong support while they try to kick the habit. They may also needs help treating some of the cravings and withdrawal while they "detoxify". Kicking them out usually results in them going right back to using the drugs again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
You can't: because lots of different kinds of people develop addiction to drugs and alcohol, and there are as many differences between them as there are similarities. In other words, while the behaviors may look very similar, the people took vastly different roads to get to that place, but all we see are the people who are IN THAT PARTICULAR place. Stereotypes may help us describe but not explain them. ...Read more
H'mm: Get them out of your life totally and immediately. Now, how did this happen? I want to make sure that is taken care of. An evaluation from a well trained psychiatrist never hurt no one. And did some good for some folks. ...Read more
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