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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
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- sort of: What I mean is you can HELP, but they don't recover until THEY want to. What most of us do when a friend, relative or loved one has addiction (or obesity, or smoking or whatever) is nag them, and that ends up doing more harm than good. What we need to do is 1) stop enabling their addiction if we are doing that and 2) tell me we love them (or like them) and we want the best for them. Attend Alanon ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Addiction: Go to an al-anon meeting for support and guidance in how to intervene. Also consider being direct in a caring manner with the person you are concerned with and tell him how much you are worried about him or her and ask him to go for treatment. If he is resistant talk of attending an aa or na meeting. Best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Encourage abstinence: Encourage them to seek help from a counselor or other professional or offer to take them to a support group such as alcoholics or narcotics anonymous. ...Read more
Sometimes: Overcoming addiction is a process and not a place. You have to certainly detox off of your addicting substances, of course. But you really need to change the people that you hang out with and frequenting the places that your get your drugs. It is possible to do. Many patients benefit from suboxone for opioid withdrawal avoidance. It can be done diy but it realies a lot more on your determination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shortens It: Heroine addiction makes it more likely that an individual contract HIV & hepatitis c. It also makes one less likely to engage in regular health maintenance. It often decreases quality of life by eroding relationships & makes it more likely for people to engage in illegal activities to maintain their habit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hmmmmmm: Drug addicts tend to have shorter, unstable and unhealthy lives. 80 years old and drug addict don't tend to go hand-in-hand. If we are talking about someone who is using opioid pain medicines for pain and is physically dependent there's probably not an issue here. In that scenario the 80-year-old is using the medications to treat a medical issue. I need more information to give you a better answ. ...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
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 some people become addicted to methadone if it is used to help quit a addiction to opiates?
You can't : Time is only method.Get a more detailed answer ›
Express your concern: ; encourage him or her to try out ga (gambler's anonymous). It is free, confidential and beneficial. ...Read more
Depends on what you: mean by 'help.' Nobody can make someone else change, but they can present their concerns, love, caring and arguments about how the problem is hurting them, and hope that it makes a dent. You can attend Alanon meetings for YOURSELF, and learn to deal with your anger, shame, guilt and other emotions related to your friend/family member. Again, be caring and supportive, but nagging doesn't work. ...Read more
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