For a drug addict, the hardest part of the addiction can often be the process when they actually realize they have a problem. Often drug addicts believe that they simply enjoy the euphoric highs that they achieve from a drug, without thinking there could be more to the situation than meets the eye.
The mental changes, and biological structural differences that are made in the brain, mean that a new perspective on life is gained on behalf of the drug addict. The use of drugs will simply seem like recreation to the drug user, and the withdrawal symptoms they receive are simply just their body reminding them that they haven’t had the euphoric high they ‘deserve’ for a while.
Addicts will try and meet this demand because they feel it is merely something they desire, and not something that biologically, they need. The receptors in the brain that were created during addiction, constantly need a supply to the toxin in question in order for the body to remain functioning normally.
Often close friends and family realize that a relative has a problem, sooner than the addict realize themselves. It is therefore the duty of friends and family, however hard it might be for them, to bring the issue up with their loved one and make their very best attempt at convincing the addict that they have a problem, and that they need to seek some kind of help in order for them to live a normal life, in the future. This strength must be built up by the friends and family, so that the future might not affect them too badly.
There is a high risk of relapse after drug rehabilitation, and families may be wondering how to handle an addict when they relapse.
One of the very worst scenarios that can happen to an addict that has undergone rehab is that they relapse, and in this case, the matter of ‘how to handle an addict when they relapse’ comes into question in terms of close friends, family and those who are involved with the patient.
There are a number of ways that you can deal with an addict that has relapsed, but all must be dealt with carefully so as to avoid any further breakdown in terms of mental capacity, of the addict. After the relapse has occurred, the addict often feels ashamed. They may slip into a form of depression, and to put it bluntly, suicide attempts are relatively common.
You must make sure that at all times, you speak lovingly to the addict in question. Right now they need the support of those who are close to them, and so simple matters of language can very much help the addict come around.
You should also try your best to put the patient back into the detox and treatment program, explaining to them that this is a common occurrence and that they have nothing to feel ashamed about. By helping the addict back into a rehab program, you are encouraging them to do themselves a favor, and actively showing faith in them.