This article will provide an overview of the steps and measures a friend or family of a person suffering from drug abuse can take in order to assist the affected person to recover from the very challenging affliction that is drug abuse.
The first and most important step in resolving the problem of drug abuse is in determining that there is in fact a drug abuse problem. For instance, the presence of a problem may be perfectly apparent to everyone surrounding the addicted person, but the addict is blind to it.
The next step is to define and interpret the kind of a problem that has been identified. The step that follows involves attempting to come up with solutions to the already identified and defined problem.
The following step involves the process of implementing effective measures to successfully handle the drug abuse problem in the person who is suffering, and this will be unique to each individual case.
The final step is the full outline of a recovery plan to help the addicted person. This will entail a determination of what sort of treatments may be required, as well as potential after care programs, depending on the level of drug abuse that has been cultivated.
A case in point could be that of alcohol abuse. The following may be the steps elaborated:
Drug Abuse Identification Stage
This step involves the process of establishing whether or not a person about whom one is concerned does actually have a problem with alcohol or drug abuse.
The outcome of this exercise could be ‘yes’ or it could be ‘no’.
Definition or Interpretation Step – This step involves not establishing whether or not a person abuses alcohol or drugs but why the person does that.
This is a crucial phase in determining what form of help is needed.
Another crucial aspect about this step is that it provides the basis and foundation for the following step which is the solution providing step.
Therefore great consideration and care ought to be taken during the handling of this step. Examples of interpretations could be peer pressure, Lack of guidance and low self-esteem.
Solution Providing Step – Based on the findings of the previous step (interpretation step), the step of providing a solution to the alcohol or drug problem involves coming up with answers to the reasons why it has been interpreted so.
For example, if it has been determined that the reason a person abuses alcohol or drugs is because of peer pressure, the obvious first step on the road to recovery is to separate him or her from that social group.
Follow Up Stage – This step involves reviewing and assessing the impact of the solution which has been implemented.
If it turns out that the impact is positive and effective then the solution is left in place and will continue to function as before.
If it turns out that the positive impact of the solution is non-existent, then the solution must be reconsidered. The interpretation stage is repeated as a way of establishing a new reason to explain the problem of alcohol abuse.