The effects of speed drugs (amphetamines and methamphetamines) are very obvious to everyone, except the drug addict. Those not addicted see the physical and glimpse the psychological consequences of using and abusing speed drugs. They see that their friend is literally killing himself, but are not sure what to do about it. The one thing friends and loved ones should not do, is ignore it. It is often the concern and intervention of loved ones that ends the addictions by encouraging rehab. Understanding how addiction works and how it can be beaten is something every friend or loved one of an addict should know.
Drug Addiction Takes Complete Control
Once people become addicted, they crave the speed drug physically, mentally, and even spiritually (believing they are somehow “enlightened” when they use the drug). They come to a point where they seem totally unable to control the addiction and their behavior. Stopping the use of speed drugs without aid is seldom successful. Rehabilitation is actually a necessity with beating addiction to speed drugs. The addiction must be treated on the same fronts with which it controls: physical, mental and spiritual. The addict, however, is not interested in hearing this, for the most part. All they are interested in is getting more of the drugs. It is often only when their friends and loved ones change their own behavior that the attention of the addict is gained.
Why Interventions Are Necessary?
Intervention is sometimes necessary in order to help someone get drug help. This is often true with those addicted to a speed drug. Whether or not full intervention is done, some things will have to change as far as loved ones go. Friends and family must stop making excuses for the addict. That behavior is not helping anyone. They must set up rules to protect their own sanity, as well as property, since addicts are known to resort to theft to get drugs. Loved ones must also stop ignoring the problem. Although it may lead to arguments, the addict must be told that loved ones will not put up with the addiction any longer.
In 2007, it was reported by NIDA that out of 23.2 million persons in the U.S. that needed treatment for , only 2.4 million actually received treatment. There are several possible reasons for this, but one big reason is that the addicts simply didn’t see the need, or want the treatment. Since they were not compelled to get treatment, they didn’t. In many of those cases, those around them simply failed to act either out of fear or uncertainty over loyalty issues. The fact remains that many drug addicts wind up dead. Where does the loyalty go then? To truly help a loved one addicted to a speed drug, or any drug, those around them need to change the way they interact and behave.
The Narconon Solution to Speed Drugs Addiction
Drug help is available. There are rehab centers, like Narconon, with trained staff available to answer questions about drug addiction and treatment. If intervention is necessary, that can be arranged as well. They understand the mental anguish that goes with having a loved one with a drug addiction. Many of the counselors have been there themselves. Many Narconon campuses were actually started by families of addicts, and former addicts. They know what loved ones experience, and the mental and physical strain put on them, as well as the drug addict. Loving a drug addict is not always easy. Helping a drug addict isn’t always easy either, but it often yields results.
The Difficulties and Rewards to Help a Friend Who Has Become Addicted
Helping a friend or loved one with a speed drug addiction is not an easy thing to do. The addict will no doubt be very angry-at first. Part of treatment is realizing what addiction does to loved ones and friends and accepting responsibility for it. The alternative, which is ignoring the problem, never has a happy ending for anyone involved. The short-term stress caused by confronting an addict, and intervention is a small price to pay considering it could end the addiction, and the long-term stress to loved ones. Often, it is helpful for the loved ones to get counseling on their own to deal with that stress, and to understand why they feed into the addiction. It is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is something that needs to be addressed.
To truly help a person addicted to a speed drug, friends and family members need to help that person into a rehab center by any means legally and ethically possible. The outdated thinking that an addict can only recover if they are the first one to reach out for help has been proven false. Intervention has proven to work.. In fact, the vast majority of people who are confronted with intervention agree to get help within two weeks. The “tough love” theory has a strong basis in this instance. To save a life, friends and loved ones must take a strong stance. Reasoning with an addict simply does not work, and it never will.
For more information about how Narconon can help you to help a friend or a family member to beat their speed drug addiction, please call 1-877-782-7409.