4 Ways To Help A Loved One Suffering From A Substance Addiction

Promita Mukherjee

June 5, 2019


1 min

1. Know the symptoms

It’s a growing problem in today’s world. More and more youngsters are increasingly getting into all sorts of substance abuse – be it drugs or alcohol. In the recent years, Punjab has often come into the limelight for this reason as an increasing number of youngsters from the state have taken to drugs. But even down south, addiction is an increasing menace. Kailasapuram, a ZEE5 Original Series, throws light on how youngsters in this small township in Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakhapatnam is taking to drugs. The six-part series deals with a group of youngsters who first start smoking ganja, and then begin to peddle it for money and a good lifestyle.

This, however, is dangerous as apart from being involved in a criminal activity, they are also causing immense harm to their bodies as well. Happen to have a loved one battling an addiction problem and unsure of how to help? We give you four ways in which you can be of help. Read on:

Addiction is a serious issue which needs proper medical care. First, read up on the issue and try to identify the symptoms. That way, you will be able to figure out signs that they need help. But do not play doctor yourself. Your loved one will need proper medical care, so try to nudge them towards it, gently.

2. Identify the extent of the problem

Is your loved one heavily into substance abuse? Or is it a once in a while experiment? Get help of a professional from a de-addiction centre so that you are able to figure out what sort of treatment your loved one might need.

3. Be there

Sometimes, simple things such as being there helps. Your loved one might be aware of his/her problem, and you never know, might be trying to overcome it. So instead of being judgemental, simply be there for him/her. Sometimes, when you hit rock bottom, a helping hand might have an immensely positive influence.

4. Nudge them towards help

Addiction requires medical help. And the sooner a person gets it, the better it is for him/her. However, if you try and tell an addict to get help, you will be bound to face denial or resistance. But don’t give up. Try to make your loved one understand how important it is to seek treatment. Do it gently but firmly without causing them embarrassment.

Want to know how the characters of the ZEE5 Original Series Kailasapuram got into substance abuse and peddling? Watch the series, live on ZEE5. If you want to watch something light, check out Mrs. Subbalakshmi on ZEE5 now.

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