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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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