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Helping a Loved One

What to Understand Before Talking to a Loved One

Before you talk to your loved one about treatment options, you need to approach him about the drug problem. It's important that you don't confront your loved one in a way that will cause an argument. It's common for those abusing drugs to get angry easily, so you need to approach the situation with care.

It's natural to be afraid to approach your loved one about drug use, because of the uncertainty of how he will react. However, it could be a life-changing effort for you to overcome your apprehensions and work towards finding the substance abuse help he needs. A variety of addiction treatment centers and therapeutic approaches exist to best match the specific needs of each individual.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

People who use drugs tend to show sign of drug abuse in every aspect of their lives. The symptoms of drug abuse vary depending on the person and the substance. Common symptoms include:

  • Using drugs to get rid of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Tolerance to the substance.
  • Continued use of drugs even though you know it's hurting you.
  • Neglecting family obligations and financial issues.
  • Decline in physical appearance and health.

Can Addiction be Cured?

Drug abuse usually begins when people using drugs develop a tolerance for the drug. This causes them to use drugs in higher quantities and more frequently to get the highs they are looking for. When you use drugs for a prolonged period of time, your body develops a chemical dependency to the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction occurs when the chemical dependency is combined with a strong desire to use the substance.

Treatment programs help drug users by getting them off drugs and stopping the chemical dependency.

While some recovering drug users report that they experience urges to use the substance they were addicted to months after treatment, inpatient treatment gives the person the tools he needs to live a happy and healthy life.

(National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Another Road Addiction Recovery Centre is here to help. We are a 10 bed facility with a 28 day program for men in the Toronto area just outside Bolton, Ontario. 

Give us a call and come see us. 844-680-9269

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