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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 July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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