Drugs affect everyone who partakes in them in a different way. On very rare occasions, someone can use a drug and not feel any of the many addictive effects of that drug. These instances are few and far between however, and in most cases, recreational usage of drugs will lead to an addiction to them. Substance abuse and its resulting physical and mental consequences can cause problems and difficulties at the workplace, at home and with the family, at school and with grades and education, and in personal relations as well. What this all amounts to is a life of strife and travail as one is pulled ever and ever deeper into the uncontrollable trap that is addiction.
Thankfully, help is out there. The keys to recovery, sobriety, and a new, healthy lifestyle are all obtainable for all addicts. Before one attempts to help a loved one, it would behoove him or her to know a couple of the important aspects of drug abuse and dependency, and some of the time tested ways to get a loved one help with his or her own, personal addiction.
- People often take drugs to fill some kind of void.
The vast majority of addicted persons, while going through rehabilitation, admitted to taking drugs in the first place to substitute for something else, to fill a void in their hearts or minds, or to ignorantly try to use drugs to handle some kind of problem in their lives. Most people who use drugs in this way rapidly cross the line from casual drug use to drug abuse and addiction. The way to help someone who appears to be using drugs to substitute for something else, to not have to confront something, or to try and handle some problem, is to sit down with them and actually get down to the root of what it is they are using drugs for and help them work through that, so the need for the drug diminishes.
- People are often ignorant of drugs, and do not fully understand the consequences of taking them.
Studies show that over ninety percent of individuals who became hooked on drugs had absolutely no idea the extent or length of the consequences of what they were getting themselves involved in. This percentage is even higher for young adults. Perhaps the best way to combat addiction, especially with someone who has very recently become addicted, is to get them informed on what they are really setting themselves up for in terms of physical dependence, disease, sickness, loss of family, loss of employment, financial ruin, overdose, and potentially even death. Countless websites, pamphlets, and books exist to aide one in spreading the truth about drugs.
- People often abuse drugs because they have nothing better to do.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the United States ranks number one in the WORLD for drug abuse. For example, the proportion of people in the United States who have used cocaine at some time during their lives is in fact four times higher than 16 other nations surveyed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The United States also leads in lifetime use of cannabis and tobacco. Many authorities on the subject have extrapolated that this is due to the higher comfort levels of the average American citizen, as compared to citizens of many other countries. Citizens of the United States have some of the least threatened and easiest lives of individuals on the planet, and this often leads to far too much time on one’s hands, and thusly, recreational drug abuse. If one notices sudden recreational use in a friend or loved one, a preventative measure may be something as simple as getting the individual to spend his or her time doing other things. Hobbies, jobs, chores, responsibilities, activities, friendships, projects; any of these can do their part in curbing drug use.
- Inpatient, residential, drug rehabilitation programs WORK.
When all else fails and one has a true blue, totally, and completely addicted individual on his or her hands, inpatient rehabilitation programs stand tall as the single most effective way of ridding oneself of addiction. If the above methods don’t solve the problem in getting a family member or loved one off of drugs successfully, the right rehab, selected carefully and agreed to by the addict, will give the individual a greater chance at a new life than he or she ever could’ve of dreamed of having before.