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What is Substance?

Substance use disorder is an addiction where the person experiences discomfort or withdrawal symptoms when they are unable to use the substance. Their lives are dominated by getting and using the substance. These can be legal (alcohol) or illegal (poppy husk). When a person is using substances in a dependent fashion, they continue to use them despite evidence that using substances is having a negative impact on their physical health e.g. developing infections, liver damage from drinking, psychological health e.g. depression, irritability, anger, insomnia, social health e.g. poor pro-social support, limited progress in education and employment avenues.

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WHAT CAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF AN ADDICT DO TO HELP THEM?

Get to know the
addiction

Drug and alcohol abuse has alarming effects on the nervous system. Drug addiction should be viewed as a chronic disease and not a choice.

Set your
boundaries

Family members must abstain from helpingthe addict financially. It is important to understand that such action would rather escalate the addiction

Do not
enable

Any behaviour that supports the addiction is called ‘enabling’. It can be financial help, hiding the addiction from authorities or making excuses.

Consider professional
help at earliest

Counselling the people with drug addicted loved ones is also of utmost importance.

Confront the
addict

Although difficult, but it can prove to an important step towards recovery. Voice your concern in a way that shows concern and not blames.

We Differentiate. We Care.

Individualized assessment

Psycho-education

Mindfulness

Integrated therapy

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