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How will you counsel a drug addict?

How will you 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 more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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How to deal with a drug addict?

How to deal with a drug addict?

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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How can you help a heroin addict to recover?

How can you help a heroin addict to recover?

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 more

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What to do about a selfish drug addict?

What to do about a selfish drug addict?

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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Can you please tell me some good ways to get someone to intervene in a drug addict's addiction?

Can you please tell me some good ways to get someone to intervene in a drug addict's addiction?

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 more

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How to quit a gambling addiction?

How to quit a gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction: Treatment is available. Options include gamblers anonymous meetings and/or psychological or psychiatric treatments. ...Read more

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How to get help for someone i know who is a drug addict?

How to get help for someone i know who is a drug addict?

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

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Can someone overcome repeat drug addiction without going to rehab?

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 more

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What does heroin addiction do to a person’s life?

What does heroin addiction do to a person’s life?

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 more

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Mother with a gambling addiction. How to stop it?

Mother with a gambling addiction. How to stop it?

You can't.: Only your mom can get the help she needs. But you could check out a gambler's anonymous meeting and offer to go with her. And, you could offer to go to an addiction psychiatrist with her for her first visit. ...Read more

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How would a doctor treat an 80-year-old drug addict?

How would a doctor treat an 80-year-old drug addict?

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

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How can you stop a family member from a maurijuana addiction?

How can you stop a family member from a maurijuana addiction?

You can't: You can only control your life. You can not stop an addict unless they want to stop. Also, examine what behaviors you exhibit which "support" the addiction...And stop doing them. ...Read more

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What is drug rehab programs do to cure someones addiction to illegal drugs?

What is drug rehab programs do to cure someones addiction to illegal drugs?

Therapy: They provide medications to help keep people from having seizures, or other adverse withdrawal effects, but also treating their psychiatric illness, and providing therapy and 12 step programs to help people in their recovery from addiction. ...Read more

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How can I have a drug addict and alcoholic committed?

How can I have a drug addict and alcoholic committed?

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 more

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Is it possible to commit an adult to rehab for mental illness & drug addiction when they wont?

Is it possible to commit an adult to rehab for mental illness & drug addiction when they wont?

Involuntary commit: All states have provisions for involuntary commitments of patients who are a danger to themselves, eg suicide, or to others. If this is the case call 911. ...Read more

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How can I get through to a drug addict? With love?

How can I get through to a drug addict? With love?

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 more

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Why do some people become addicted to methadone if it is used to help quit a addiction to opiates?

Why do some people become addicted to methadone if it is used to help quit a addiction to opiates?

PAin and personality: Methadone is a powerful pain relieving medication. It does not have as much of the euphoria you see with other opioids , but still can make people feel better. Peopel who get addicted to Methadone have usually been addicated to other medications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to help a family member from his gambling addiction?

Can you tell me how to help a family member from his gambling addiction?

Express your concern: ; encourage him or her to try out ga (gambler's anonymous). It is free, confidential and beneficial. ...Read more

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How to help someone through drug addiction?

How to help someone through drug addiction?

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

Dr. Vasu Brown
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