An addicted loved one is the nightmare of many. We all want to believe that our children, friends and family members are safe from all the bad influences in life and that they will never become part of such a tragic habit.
Unfortunately, many people do not grasp why or how anybody can become a drug addict and mistakenly believe that drug users do not have any willpower or principles. The fact is, even though the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most, repeated drug use leads to changes in the brain that challenge self-control and the ability to resist.
Some become addicted while others don’t. There is no single factor that can predict if a person will become addicted or not, but a combination and the factors leading to this can include:
Your loved one may be using alcohol or drugs if you notice a dramatic change in his/her appearance, friends or physical health. Below are other possible signs of drug use:
Despite being aware of the harmful outcomes, many people who use drugs continue to take them, which is the nature of addiction and they need all the support and help they can get to survive this nightmare.
Recovery Direct is an executive rehab centre in South Africa that provides comprehensive therapeutic rehabilitation for individuals suffering from a wide range of substance use disorders and other mental health conditions, and can be reached via their website.