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May 4 / Donald Gonzalez

Role of Family Members in Treatment of Drug Addiction

Providing treatment for a drug addict is a continuous process and it depends on the type and the amount of the drug the addicts body can sustain. There are many ways of treating a drug addict, in all these cases family members plays an important role in the successful treatment.

Intervention:
If there is a drug addict in the family and he is not willing to take treatment, it is the duty of the other family members to intervene and strongly recommend drug addiction treatment. The family needs to be strong and encouraging in their intervention.

Support:
When an addict enters in to the treatment process it becomes difficult for him to live with out taking drugs, in such situations he needs support from the family. Consistent support and understanding should be provided by the family members.

Encouragement:
Encouragement from the family should be there throughout the entire process of drug treatment and they should assure the addict that he can recover completely and that life will be better for him when it gets completed.

Environment:
During the treatment and also after completion of the treatment the family members should provide safe environment which should be free of drugs, alcohol, stress and anything that triggers the addiction. If safe environment is not provided the treatment process may be unsuccessful.

Strength:
After the completion of the treatment the family will need to stay strong for the former drug addict. The family members need to make the abuser know that they will not tolerate continued drug use and they will intervene again if necessary.

Family members play a vital role in foregoing the addiction of the drug abuser. They have to become the strength of the abuser, while he is struggling from withdrawing drug addiction.

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