Addiction intervention guidelines: Before confronting drug addiction victims
The desire of helping a loved one overcome his/her addiction problem is a noble cause. However, before you can start walking through this journey, it is important that you do your homework well. According to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD confronting a friend with a drug addiction problem is such an uphill task and so when considering this journey you must be very well prepared for it. For your objective not to fail it is important to be prepared for your encounter with the friend. Remember that you want to help and therefore you must be well informed of various consequences of addiction, your approach must not be intimidating or provocative, you are on a mission and you must show them that you are supportive and committed to helping.
Addiction intervention guidelines: Formulate action point in addressing the problem
Achieving this will not be anyone’s cup of tea and be ready for rejection and formulate ways of handling that when it comes so that you are not demoralized in the process. These tips may not be conclusive, but they will help you make some progress in winning your friend’s mind into an acknowledgment of the problem they are going through and enrolling into a treatment program. And remember to be consulting with the experts at AWAREmed health center from time to time.
- Because of the mission ahead of you, it is important that you learn more about drug abuse to have a better understanding of what your friend is dealing with. This way you will be more competent to respond to them if they ask you any challenging question.
- Before you get to your friend, it is important that you put down in writing a list of all the issues you believe have been a result of the person’s drug use. There are very may indicator you can think of including noting down systematically the times the person missed an appointment, relationship issues, unusual behavior you’ve noticed such as losing interest in hobbies, no longer paying attention to hygiene or dressing or antisocial or argumentative behavior. Take note that these are your observations and so you must be able to display to your friend both the present and the past. What they used to do then which they are not doing now or they are doing but in a funny way.
- The place of your first meeting is very important in this mission and therefore you must plan in advance to meet the person in a location that will be private, neutral and free from distractions. It should be a place where you believe you’ll have their attention. Always avoid places that will trigger them into a craving for the drug.
- Another very fundamental factor of consideration is the meeting time. It is, therefore, necessary that your choice of time is accommodative more so to your friend. Remember that the time should also be when the person is not under the influence of drugs if at all possible. They might be more open to listening to you when they are sober than when under the influence of their drugs of choice.
- Being smart is an asset in this mission. In other words, you should be armed with possible solutions to offer when that point comes up. For this reason, you should be informed about steps the person can take to get help. We appreciate that this can be challenging but for you to succeed you may want to contact your local community health office for more information before embarking on the mission.