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Your guide to helping a friend with an addiction

It’s wise to be aware of the warning signs if you’re concerned about a friend who you suspect may be struggling with addiction. It might be difficult to support a friend who is battling drug addiction. It can be challenging to start a dialogue regarding their drug use. The best part is that you can help them more than you would realize, although dealing with something as serious as addiction could require professional assistance. Here are a few simple steps you may take to begin the process and get your friend the care they need.

Learn more about the initial signs of addiction 

Various symptoms of addiction can be seen in addicts. Specific symptoms can vary depending on the person and the substance being misused. One’s behavior, physical appearance, and social interactions can determine whether one may have a drug or alcohol addiction. If you believe a buddy has addiction issues, there are several typical behavioral, physical, and social signals to watch out for.

Behavioral Signs

  • Stress
  • Self-isolation
  • Mood changes
  • A lack of drive
  • Neglected obligations
  • Irritability and aggravation
  • Stealing or reselling items to pay for drugs
  • Erratic conduct (such as drunk driving)
  • Obsession with acquiring drugs

Physical Signs

  • Tremors
  • Red eyes
  • Sleeping issues
  • Unjustified weight gain or loss
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Larger or smaller-than-average pupils
  • Runny or bloody nose
  • Several nosebleeds

Social Signs

  • Loss of enthusiasm for hobbies, employment, or studies
  • Unsteady speech
  • A lack of cooperation
  • Disengagement from family and friends
  • Inadequate performance at work or school
  • Disregard for cleanliness and appearance

How can you help?

Although it can be intimidating to address a friend about drug usage, friends must support one another. They may have done things that have made you feel upset, but keep in mind that they probably did not mean to. The best people are driven to make poor choices by addiction. By being open, honest, and kind with them about your perspective of the situation, you may ensure that your friend understands the seriousness of drug abuse and aid in their recovery from addiction.

In addition, you may choose the option of reaching out to Dr. Mark E. Shaw, a pioneer in the field of addiction who specializes in the spiritual approach to treating the hurting. He has written books, seminars, and curricula that offer guidance, assistance, and genuine hope. He is the creator and president of The Addiction Connection and is also a licensed and ordained preacher, a trained addictions counselor, a certified nouthetic counselor, a regular public lecturer, a published author, a podcaster, and a seminary instructor. Help is available for those who are addicted as well as their loved ones through a network of therapists, programs, and churches that take a kind and sincere approach to addiction.

Overall, Dr. Shaw has assembled a group of national and worldwide leaders ready to help those suffering from addiction problems. The Addiction Connection network of counselors offers spiritual solutions to the addiction problem, although the difficulties involved in quitting an addiction may appear impossible. An increasing number of Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselors (CABC) are available through The Addiction Connection to provide tailored care for addicts and their families.

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