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Created by raza49712, 417 days ago, 657 views

How we can help a drug addict?
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Aravi417 days ago

Hi

As per the WHO Expert committee there are the following problems:

Injuries
More deaths, illnesses and disabilities stem from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition. Today, one in four deaths is attributable to illicit drug use. People who live with substance dependence have a higher risk of all bad outcomes including unintentional injuries, accidents, risk of domestic violence, medical problems, and death.

Health Problems
The impact of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching, affecting almost every organ in the human body. Drug use can:

Weaken the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infections.
Cause cardiovascular conditions ranging from abnormal heart rate to heart attacks. Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed veins and infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.
Cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Cause the liver to have to work harder, possibly causing significant damage or liver failure.
Cause seizures, stroke and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by causing problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and permanent brain damage.
Produce global body changes such as breast development in men, dramatic fluctuations in appetite and increases in body temperature, which may impact a variety of health conditions.
Effects On The Brain
Although initial drug use may be voluntary, drugs have been shown to alter brain chemistry, which interferes with an individual's ability to make decisions and can lead to compulsive craving, seeking and use. This then becomes a substance dependency.

All drugs of abuse - nicotine, cocaine, marijuana, and others - effect the brain's "reward" circuit, which is part of the limbic system.
Drugs hijack this "reward" system, causing unusually large amounts of dopamine to flood the system.
This flood of dopamine is what causes the "high" or euphoria associated with drug abuse.
Behavioral Problems
Paranoia
Aggressiveness
Hallucinations
Addiction
Impaired Judgment
Impulsiveness
Loss of Self-Control
Birth Defects
Nearly 4 percent of pregnant women in the United States use illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and other amphetamines, and heroin1. These and other illicit drugs may pose various risks for pregnant women and their babies. Some of these drugs can cause a baby to be born too small or too soon, or to have withdrawal symptoms, birth defects or learning and behavioral problems. Additionally, illicit drugs may be prepared with impurities that may be harmful to a pregnancy.

Finally, pregnant women who use illicit drugs may engage in other unhealthy behaviors that place their pregnancy at risk, such as having extremely poor nutrition or developing sexually transmitted infections.


The best way to help a drug addict is to provide moral support and timely treatment from Drug de-addiction center. You should follow straightly as per the doctors advice. You should try your level best to demotivate a drug addict patient from in-taking drugs.

Google book article for reference:

https://books.google.co.in/books?hl=en&lr=&id=MCJG1DzZfwkC&oi=fnd&pg=PA1&dq=WHO+Drug+addiction+and+its+effects&ots=JE7STw-WhE&sig=1DJMSoSiZXKRzoEj7OB5_vbplfs&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=WHO%20Drug%20addiction%20and%20its%20effects&f=false

Regards,

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harry9214417 days ago

find a dealer that delivers

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verden417 days ago

The most important thing is to accept them on their own terms. Unless you do this, nothing else you do will have any positive effect. They must know that you unconditionally allow them to be themselves and that you still value them as a person, regardless of any other issues. To be effective, it is important to just be a friend to them, or if family, the same applies. Do NOT bring up the subject. ONLY discuss it if and when THEY bring it up! Until they are ready to face their situation honestly and objectively, there is nothing you can do that will help. Nada, nothing. Don't even try!!!

It is only when they know they can trust you to be there for them no matter what that they will begin to trust you. Until then, your hands are tied. I know that sounds sort of hopeless, but it is actually the only hope you have if you truly want to help. Anything else will drive them away, cause them to distrust everyone more, and their addiction will become more severe. You don't really want to be part of the problem, do you? If not, they, you must simply accept, befriend (on their terms only), and patiently wait. It is the patiently waiting that will speed the process. Nothing else will take the place of that or give you the ability to influence them. First and most importantly, they must KNOW they can trust your acceptance of them to be unwavering. That means that you must really examine yourself and evaluate whether you are willing to do the waiting and then eventually being there whenever they need you. And that means exactly that: WHENEVER they need you. (Including the middle of the night or any other time they might reach out.)

If you are not ready to put forth that major of a commitment, you will only do more harm than good by getting involved. (Even if your circumstance is such that you are already involuntarily involved.) You must be ready to accept whatever comes and the burden that will place on you when they are ready, is a heavy commitment, so be sure that you are willing to put in the time and effort when that time comes. Otherwise, your efforts will not only be in vain, they will likely intensify the problem.

Under no circumstances should you try to "fix" them! Believe what I've said here, it is borne of experience, both personal and that of others I have known well who have traveled that path. If you truly want to help, simply be the best friend you can possibly be. Trust them with the time to begin to trust you, and wait for them to invite you into their very personal torment. (However long that takes, and then make certain that when they do turn to you, that you never let them down. They will only turn to you when they are truly in need, and it is crucial that you be available to them at that time, whenever it is, and that you give them your time, no matter what the cost may be to you. If you are willing and able to do that, then and only then you will be in the right place at the right time to assist them in their own ability and desire to overcome the addiction.

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