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How To Help Someone Going Through Withdrawals
Sometimes: You are allowed to attend classes or meetings with them if they choose you to be there. Also always be aware that there addiction needs to be considered in the future when planning events. Don't make it obvious, as this will alienate that individual but be aware about where/what you might be doing with this person. Sometimes even slight enticement can be an issue for this person in the future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Tough question: When push comes to shove, only the person with addiction can help themselves. We can help family/loved ones by being caring, loving and supportive, and by not enabling their addiction (making excuses for them, fixing their screw-ups, giving them money for drugs/alcohol etc.). Alanon is a self-help program for the people who care about those with addiction, and meetings can help you help yourself. ...Read more
Be supportive: Seriously! that's how you help anyone thru detox. Provide emotional support and environmental support. They'll need it. As for the detox program itself, that's really up to the medical profession to work w/that person and get them safely thru withdrawal. But friends & family can help by being there to meet all the non-medical needs. ...Read more
With medical help: Withdrawal from drugs can be very dangerous, most counties have detox facillities. - enlisting the aid of addiciton professionals can help provide some guidance, the safest way to withdraw is under medical supervision. The hard part is the next step, acknowledgin a problem and engaging in treatment. Making assistance dependent on their getting help is often good strategy and avoids codependency. ...Read more
It is difficult: But your child's oncologist can be helpful to talk and explain things to your child. For your part, you should say that he is being give 'medicine' to get well from his illness. Furthermore, it is good to know and tell your child that this illness is curable in more than 80% of the cases. ...Read more
Refer for eval: Your student needs to be referred to a psychiatrist or a therapist for an evaluation. Is he/she acutely suicidal? Do they need to be hospitalized? What are the underlying issues? Family problems likely. Will they agree to outpatient treatment ? Referral to experts is the best way to help as well as making yourself someone your student can turn to. Thank you! ...Read more
Serious: Fetal alcohol syndrome is a devastating illness that can permanently harm or even kill the infant. I would recommend getting immediate counseling and there are rehab programs that can deal with folks who are pregnant. Don't abandon or alienate them as they need your help now more than ever. I recommend getting a professional involved as soon as you can. Start with her OB doctor ...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
What is recommended to help to find a peaceful nights sleep while going through opiate withdrawals?
Narcotic Withdrawal: Some signs of withdrawal are: - body aches - shaking - nausea/vomiting - insomnia - diarrhea getting over withdrawal there is a decrease in the intensity of their signs and symptoms. To get over the symptoms nsaids like ibuprofen/motrin can help with body aches, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with insomnea and nausea. Immodium helps diarrhea. Your dr. Also help. Hospitalization sometimes is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Support: You may help explain certain things such as acne, menstruation, erection, hair growth, voice changes, etc., however, you don't want to do that in a way that may get them offended. You may come to their doctor along with them if they ask you to. Also, you want to be a good rôle model for them if they experience behavioral challenges at school or/and home to help them steer away from trouble. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Police: Every competent police department has someone to advise you. You don't have to tolerate abuse and it's not your fault. Make the call to law enforcement before you do anything else, as things may become much more dangerous if the abuser thinks you are about to leave. Next, describe what's happening to your physician and friends you can trust. ...Read more
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