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Addiction Therapist;  Do you have a friend or a loved one around addicted to any drug that is harming them? Do you feel helpless when you want to help?

You need to understand that there are specific measures that you can take to help them through their addiction.  There are many hospitals, clinics, and simple setups for such people. But making an addict visit these facilities is the hardest step. And these facilities have proven positive among addicts.

It is our duty as a society to help those who need it. Addiction is of various types. And it is not as simple as it looks. It merely is not the will that needs fixing.

What is addiction?

Addiction is a chronic repetitive behavior associated with a drug, alcohol, other hallucinogens, or even behavioral patterns.  People who indulge in addiction cannot break the use pattern of their addiction no matter how much they want to.

Addiction can be of various types. It is not always alcohol and drugs. Addiction can be to sex, gambling, shopping, games, opiates, and cocaine.

 How does someone get addicted?

An addict has a physiologic compulsion disorder to need to do specific behaviors or repetitively use drugs. The addition of an addict slowly makes tolerance that they need a little more of it to satisfy themselves the next time.

And upon withdrawal from a particular addiction, they have withdrawal symptoms that can be very hard to face and put themselves through it without any help. Hence for such patients, addiction counseling is essential.

Withdrawal symptoms

Upon leaving their addiction, addicts can have several symptoms where their brain forces them to continue the habit. Depending on the type of addiction, it can start between 4-10 hours and last up to 8 to ten days. And usually, the addict returns to his/her old habits.

Specific common symptoms are;

Types of addiction

Addiction is a broad term, and there are many types, but the experts have characterized them all under two main categories;

Chemical Addiction and  Behavioral addiction

They are differentiated upon using a substance like a drug or another oral, intravenous, or Intramuscular concoction. And on behavior that is repetitive and a compulsion

Biology of addiction

Addiction targets the brain cells, the neurons that all make the circuits. They make them impulse fast, giving them a feeling of euphoria only for a little while. When the impulse slows, addiction increases.

There are four significant stages of addiction that need to be kept in mind.

  1. The experimental phase is a harmless phrase, but it all starts with experimentation.
  2. Regular use and abuse
  3. Dependency and tolerance
  4. Addiction

How to spot someone is gone through an addiction

Please keep your eyes open for signs of addiction, it is prevalent, and the addict might not even know. If you can spot an addict, it will be easier for them to realize the problem of addiction as well.

How to help someone suffering from an addiction 

If you know someone with an addiction problem, do not belittle them, or they will be even more private. The best thing you can do is very softly confront them about their addiction. Please show them your concern and help them decide to go for addiction counseling or therapy. Offer them your availability to be with them while they visit a counselor. Make them feel like they are not alone in this.  Most addicts are in denial and will not agree with you. But do not expect a change in just one day. Addiction problems need to be addressed slowly and carefully.

What to help a family member with addiction with?

If you have a loved one or a friend needing help with addiction; what you can do is;

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