Help an addict to quit

Real friends can stop the addict from reaching for another dose like holding their hands

Real friends can stop the addict from reaching for another dose like holding their hands

Cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking and drug use are social problems that need as much attention given to AIDS when the scourge was first discovered.

Those hooked to these substances usually give lame excuses why they continue with the vice, such as it helps them think better, keep them warm from the cold, or boost their adrenalin so they can fulfill the demands of their duties or endeavors.

In some instances, idleness and loss of hope due to being unable to accomplish some of life’s compulsory achievements or being short in measuring up expectations are just some of the causes of psychological problems that result to addiction.

Medical practitioners may have prescriptions and recommendations how to kick the habit, but the best people who understand and help an addict are those who have gone through the same addiction and successfully relinquished their vices and recovered from the ills of these substances.

It takes a lot of sacrifice to help an addict or even a start-up user quit. In the early stages, when someone can’t help getting hold of another stick of cigarette, shot of alcohol or a pill to swallow, real friends or caring relatives should explain or do something to stop the act, like holding their hands so they can’t reach another dose.

Rehabilitated addicts or users swear that had anyone stopped them early on, they could have not gotten deeper into the vice.

Those on the phase of quitting their vice should be given alternative elements, like candy, soda, chewing gum or even fresh fruits for nourishment.

Some quitters make two or three attempts before they successfully overcome their addiction, so it is important that the moral support is always there, encouraging the user to go on until the habit is kicked out of the system.

In not so many instances, the best way to quit a vice is by cold turkey or abrupt total cessation of taking the substance. Withdrawal symptoms manifest during the first few months and it’s in this period that the quitter needs moral support most. The temptation to get back is always there but the individual must have the power to say no. His circle must also be informed so that those still in the habit, if they care for their friend, won’t offer the abandoned substances anymore.

As the quitter progresses, guiding him to shift his attention to more productive undertakings is pivotal to the road to recovery. The sacrifice could be stretched further by watching over or accompanying the quitter in his activities and make sure there’s a lot of things to be busy for, that there’s still hope left for those who want to make a turnaround from the clutches of addiction.

About the author: John Ambuli is a featured writer of He is a freelance news reporter at the Kenya News Agency offices in Kericho, Kenya.


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