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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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