How To Get Rid Of A Drug Addict
How to get rid of a drug addict can seem like a difficult question; but it doesn’t have to be as we’ll soon show you. This doesn’t have to be a problem that controls your life. With that said, it will take effort on both sides of the aisle. You might be saying – easier said than done. This was once a problem that concerned mothers of teenagers struggled with. Peer pressure combined with the desire to “be part of the group” was enough to get children to make bad decisions.
To this day, it’s still a pretty big issue. Drug addiction affects many millions of people. It’s not a problem that can be solved overnight. It’s also not restricted to a certain age group. You can be 15 or 50 (even older or younger) and still struggle with this addiction. So while certain age groups might be more susceptible, we need to keep our focus on the warning signs. Substance dependence is no way to have fun and enjoy life.
In fact, it can destroy the life of the person suffering, as well as the lives of everyone around him/her. This addiction can cost an addict their family, friends, and even their career. It can also put their life at great risk. Controlled substances are anything but harmless now days. If you know someone (perhaps someone who is very close to you) who is struggling with this addiction; it’s absolutely critical that you try to help them now, instead of later.
As time goes by, it will be harder to break them from their habit. The damage to their life will be greater; as well as the odds of them getting into harder drugs. Waiting is not the answer to this problem. We are going to make it easier by going over the symptoms and types of drug addiction, how to diagnose drug addiction, and the best treatment and care for kicking the habit (once and for all).
There is a small number of people who show no visible symptoms. They use recreational (even prescription) drugs, but don’t show any signs of drug abuse. This is the exception to the rule! Most addicts will deal with negative consequences; these are issues that the outside world will be able to see. The biggest symptom would have to be throwing all their responsibilities on the back burner. Instead of focusing on their school work or employment; they are failing classes and cutting work. There can be other reasons, but if the person usually has a strong work ethic (and suddenly loses it), drug addiction is the likely source of the problem.
Getting arrested is also very telling. People under the influence will take greater risks. These individuals might drive, get into fights/arguments, and steal (all while being high on drugs). The abandonment of activities that were once fun (e.g., sports, hobbies, and socializing) is another big sign that should catch your attention. If the person you suspect used to behave on way, but is now behaving in a new (and worrisome) way, drugs could be at the room of the problem.
Being able to diagnose drug addiction requires you to recognize the symptoms. The behavioral signs we’ve already mentioned can be very telling. Physical warning signs that you need to be aware of include: bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils, changes in appetite, strange sleep patterns, weight loss/gain, a decline in physical appearance, strange smells, and slurred speech or bizarre coordination (that seems to be impaired) can serve as the confirmation you need. If you’re seeing a combination of the physical and behavior signs; it’s pretty likely that the person you’re concerned about is using drugs.
The best treatment is to get the drug user to stop. If you talk to them (and discuss the destruction it’s causing), it might be enough to get them to kick the habit. For most users, they already realize the damage it’s causing to their lives. What they might not recognize are the problems it’s causing to those around them.
Once you bring this to their attention; it might be enough to get them living drug-free again. If that doesn’t help, you can have them admitted to a rehab facility, clinic, or hospital. Even if they resent you for it at first (and they probably will), they will be forever grateful once they’re no longer dealing with the addiction. If you feel threatened by the addict in your life (and we mean imminently threatened), then it’s time to make a call to the local hospital and authorities. They will be able to get them into rehab – where they can get the help they so desperately need.