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4 Ways to Help People Overcome Drug Abuse

4 Ways to Help People Overcome Drug Abuse

In spite of being extremely health conscious, a lot of people end up becoming the victim of drug abuse, a medical condition wherein a person frequently consumes harmful drugs in excessive quantities which eventually has highly adverse effects on his or her health.

Whenever you begin to get addicted to anything such as drugs and alcohol, you fail to realize initially that you are going through a serious problem, however, you get to know about that with the passage of time when it starts affecting your health as well as relationships.

Drug abuse, which is also known as substance abuse is such a problem wherein the person in question consumes drugs like heroin and cocaine, which affects him/her emotionally, financially, physically, and psychologically. On top of that, the relationships of the victim start deteriorating slowly and gradually as his/her condition starts worsening.

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Behavioral Changes

Here’re some behavioral changes that you can observe in a drug addict:

  • Denying frequently in front of family members when it comes to consuming drugs
  • Fighting with spouse due to excessive money spent on drugs
  • Loss of hearing or sudden use of hearing aids
  • Stealing money to fulfill one’s drug consumption requirements
  • Declining productivity in office due to problem in focusing on work
  • Spending maximum time alone in his/her room, without family members and friends
  • Making distance from colleagues in office and avoiding eye contacts with them
  • Getting easily into arguments with people due to mood swings
  • Losing interest in all sorts of activities such as exercising, sports reading etc.
  • Lack of enthusiasm as far as the hobbies of person are concerned
  • Making new friends, which support him/her in drug consumption

Physical Signs and Symptoms

Now take a look at some of the physical signs and symptoms:

  • Drug addicts are generally found with disturbed sleep routine
  • Drug addicts normally look as if they are very tired
  • Bloodshot eyes due to excessive drug consumption
  • Foul smell coming from body as well as breath
  • Another important sign of a drug addict is that his/her appetite starts changing

What should you do when you find your loved one is a drug addict?

No matter how strong a person you are, but when you hear that your son, spouse, daughter, or father is a drug addict, you become extremely depressed in the first place, because you truly love that person and can’t see him or her struggling with this dangerous problem.

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However, when you find your loved one in such a condition, you need to be even more strong if you want him/her to recover from drug addiction.

1. You Must Discuss The Problem With Your Loved One

One of the most important parts of supporting your family member in recovering from the problem is to approach him/her and discuss the problem in details. Considering the fact that it is a medical condition, you need to be really polite while talking to the person in question. In short, don’t ever be rude with your loved one when you talk about drug addiction, because he/she won’t expect that from you and hence might get hurt because of your behavior.

You must convince him/her to go for drug addiction treatment, because it’s better to cure this problem as soon as possible, otherwise it keep on aggravating, that means day by day  it keeps on affecting the health of persons in a more serious way.

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2. Take Care Of Your Loved One

Apart from suggesting that your loved one should go for treatment, you should also try to take care of his or her deteriorating health condition. Make sure that he or she is having the food on time and they never skip any meal. Healthy food is really important for a healthy body, and especially when a person is a drug addict, balanced diet remains really important for him or her.

The use of TENS Units i.e. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation can also help the affected person to monitor the pain and skin sensations suffered due to lack of addiction related chemicals in the body. This improves the overall quality of the care and monitoring of the affected person.

3. Try To Spend More Time With An Addict

If you spend more time with your loved one who is suffering from drug addiction, he or she won’t get enough time to spend alone, which can give him/her an opportunity to consume drugs. That means the more time you spend with your loved ones, the more you can prevent them from consuming drugs.

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4. Convince Your Loved One To Go For Drug Rehabilitation Centre

If the addiction of your loved one has reached a very high level, try to convince him that he must take the support of a drug rehabilitation center. Your loved one can either go for outpatient treatment program or an inpatient treatment program.

Last but not the least, whether it’s you who is suffering from this problem or your loved one, you must take steps for its treatment as soon as possible

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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