Involved with an addict? Have a plan


Addiction is a chronic medical illness. The brain has been injured. People lose their jobs their wives, their families,. Some overdose and die as a result of this disease. It should be treated like any other disease is treated, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Relapse is part of the disease process. Triggers that activate cravings that lead to relapse are things in the environment or internal, like depression or anxiety, that set off the injured part of the brain. Electrical impulses come out and we experience them as cravings.

The belief, “If I have a craving, I have to use,” or that it a compulsion is not truce. The craving will go away if an addict can distance himself for 15 to 20 minutes. Craving is a physiologically generated signal coming out of the deepest part of the brain that is driving the addict to use. Triggers activate the craving.

Addicts must feel the worst pain of relapse. Enablers percent the alcoholic/addict from feeling the pain from a relapse.

Here are some action steps if you feel your loved one is an addict/alcoholic. Choose to assist, but not to enable. Use a structured intervention. Set your terms, confront factually, but with love, care and concern. Bring a written list of data to help explain the consequences of the drugs or alcohol. Remember, you’re talking to the drugs, not the person. They are in an altered state and may get angry,m paranoid or be in denial. Get a contract. Have an immediate plan if they are willing to get help. Be ready to break up if not.