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Drug Addiction Counselling

As per the report of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, for the year 2019, 3.1 crore people are users of cannabis of which 72 lakhs are in problems, and 25 lakh are dependent users. The opioid users are 2.3 crores of which 77 lakhs are in problems, and 28 lakh are dependent users. Heroin, Cocaine and other users make more than 1 crore.

Mostly, the drug addicts start with an experimental use of the drug in social situations like with friends, colleagues, at any party. For some, drug usage becomes more frequent. The risk of addiction varies with the type of drug. Some drugs have a very high risk and cause dependency more quickly than others.

After some time, the person requires a regular dosage of the drug to get high, feeling good. The person will find difficult to go without the drug. His attempts to stop drug use will cause intense cravings and will make him physically ill.

Common symptoms of Drug addiction:

  • Feeling of taking the drug regularly, either daily or even several times in a day
  • Intense urges for the drug
  • Ridiculously spending on a drug, even when you can’t afford
  • Withdrawing from social or recreational activities
  • Not meeting work responsibilities
  • Doing risky activities under the influence of a drug
  • Failed attempts at stopping the usage of the drug

How to recognize a drug addict person at your work or in the family?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to distinguish a normal teenager or a drug abused person. However, these are a few possible indications that can help you:

  • Problems at work or academics:Frequently missing office, school or college. A sudden disinterest in work or school activities. Drops in performance or grades.
  • Physical health problems: Always tired, fatigue, lack of energy and motivation
  • Rough appearance:Low or no interest in grooming, clothing, and looks.
  • Behavioural changes: Restricting family members to come closer or in his/her room, keeping secrets about activities with friends, frustration, anger, and others.
  • Spending money::Requesting money without proper reasons, or finding your money get stolen, or have disappeared from home, workplace.

How Drug Addiction affects a person?

Physically:

When a person gets addicted to drugs, it causes a lot of changes and problems in his physical appearance and body. The symptoms include:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Regular illness
  • Unexplained Injuries
  • Change in mass of the body
  • Bad skin, hair, teeth, and nails
  • Change in speech
  • Unusual smell on breath, body, or clothing

Psychologically:

Drug addiction is not limited to damaging your body, but also cause adverse psychological symptoms. These are:

Depression:

Without drugs intake the person suffers from depression problems such as helplessness, loss of interest, unable to experience pleasure, worthlessness, guilt, and concentration problems.

Anxiety:

The anxiety problems include excessive tension & worry, feeling restless, or jumpy, irritation and frustration, breath shortness, nausea, and dizziness.

Paranoia:

The paranoia problems are delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance.

Suicidal Thoughts:

Drugs or alcohol push 1 person to suicide every two hours. The reason can be guilt, shame, intolerance for drugs, frustration etc.

Apart from these, other problems the person will face are:

  • Changes in personality and attitude
  • Mood swings, irritability, and anger outbursts
  • Hyperactivity, agitation, and giddiness
  • Fearful and anxious

What if left untreated?

The negative aspects of drug addiction can destroy a person’s life if left untreated. The consequences of addiction can be:

  • Get physically ill by an infected disease, mostly through shared needles
  • Expelled from school or college, or getting poor grades
  • Breaking relationships with friends and family
  • Tarnished reputation and loss of good standing
  • Eviction from home
  • Losing job
  • Losing parental rights
  • In some cases, a person can get arrested

What to do next?

If you found that your loved one is having a drug addiction, you should immediately take some steps regarding that. Initially, what you can do is:

  • Talk openly about the dangers associated with drug intake
  • Tell the person about all the consequences of the drug
  • Monitor the activity of the person, and check all the places where he/she can hide the drugs.
  • Encourage other interests and social activities
  • Talk to the person about underlying issues
  • Get help from experts

Addiction is a complex problem which affects every aspect of a person’s life. Overcoming addiction is not an easy task and requires the help of an expert. You can definitely consult a counsellor for Drug counselling.

How Drug addiction counselling will help?

A counselling therapy for a drug addiction is the best treatment for it. There are several therapies that a counsellor will provide during the counselling sessions.

Individual or Group Therapy:

Individual therapy is the preferable choice when the individual is suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or any other significant mental problem. In group therapy, you are more likely to be both challenged and motivated by your peers who are also undergoing the same process.

Outpatient & Residential Therapy:

In residential therapy, you are separated from the place and things, that led you to use drugs. Outpatient treatment programs are the usual setting for drug and alcohol abuse treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

In CBT, you will learn how to recognize moods, thoughts, and situations that fire up drug cravings. The therapist will teach you how to avoid triggers and replace negative thoughts with healthy ones.

Motivational Interviewing:

In motivational interviewing, therapists try to motivate you and help you maintain your abstinence from drugs or alcohol. If you’re prompted by love of family or returning to work, these issues may become the focus of your treatment.

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