- 1 How to keep your loved ones safe from drug abuse and illicit trafficking
- 2 Conclusion
How to keep your loved ones safe from drug abuse and illicit trafficking
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is celebrated all over the world on 26th June. The theme of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in this year (2023) is “People first: stop stigma and discrimination, strengthen prevention.”
The war on drugs has raged on for over 40 years now, and the tide of illicit substances sweeping the entire world, shows no signs of stopping.
In 2021 alone, drug-related deaths in the United States have risen to their highest ever recorded levels, and drug overdoses have eclipsed both car accidents and gun deaths as the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. for the second year in a row.
While these numbers are startling on their own, they become even more alarming, when you start to consider how widespread drug abuse and trafficking has become in our society today.
What are the telltale signs of substance abuse?
The signs of substance abuse can vary from person to person.
But still there are some commonalities between many drugs that makes it easier to spot if someone you love is using.
While no two people will experience addiction in exactly the same way, there are common traits shared by addicts.
Look for any of these signs like erratic or dramatic changes in behavior, mood or routine activities.
Sudden drop in grades in school or colleges, decrease interest in friendships or social activities.
Loss of interest in sports or hobbies, secretive behavior and general withdrawal from others
Stealing money, prescription medication or other items at home, withdrawing from family members while simultaneously asking for financial assistance.
Other possible signs of addiction include criminal activity such as shoplifting or burglary in order to obtain more drugs.
If you notice any of these warning signs, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help immediately.
How can you help if you suspect someone is abusing drugs?
When a friend or family member abuses drugs, you may feel as if you have no choice but to turn them in.
However, that approach can be fraught with ethical issues both for you and for your friend.
It is better to encourage a friend or family member who is abusing drugs to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Here are some tips on how best to do that-
1-Don’t call law enforcement– If you suspect someone of abusing drugs, don’t call law enforcement. Instead, encourage your friend or family member to get help by speaking directly with him about his substance use.
2-A good way to start is by asking questions like- Are you using any substances I should know about?
3-You might also try saying something like I am worried about you or you seem different lately.
4-Just make sure not to tell him what he is doing wrong, focus instead on offering support and helping him find ways out of his addiction.
What should you do if you know someone is using drugs?
There are several key warning signs that a loved one is using drugs.
If you notice these, then it is very important for you to start talking about it with them.
Don’t try to tackle everything at once, instead, just focus on identifying what type of drugs they may be using.
Start by asking direct questions, like Are you in any trouble?
Are you doing anything illegal? Is there anything I can do to help?
It can be difficult, but even if they shut down or get defensive, don’t let that stop you from continuing to ask questions.
Once they trust that you would not judge them, they might open up more easily. Be patient, kind, and non-judgmental.
Remember that every person who uses drugs has their own story and circumstances which led them to use substances.
Your job is not to make judgments about their behavior but rather provide support so they can overcome their addiction.
Is it possible to recover from addiction?
For many, it may seem like there is no hope of ever getting off drugs or alcohol.
The key is not giving up. Talk with your doctor about treatment options that could save your life.
Drug addiction is a complex condition. But it is not impossible. You can beat addiction with help and support.
You have so much to live for. Make sure you get every chance at recovery by getting in touch with a professional as soon as possible.
Remember, recovery is a marathon, not a sprint, you will fall into old habits more than once before achieving sobriety for good – so don’t give up.
Call for professional help like any de-addiction clinic that fits your specific needs.
One of biggest responsibilities you have as a parent is raising kids who will become contributing members of society.
Helping them reach their full potential, making sure they are happy, and doing everything you can to give them a healthy upbringing are all ways that you take on that responsibility.
One issue many parents deal with is keeping their children away from illegal drugs like methamphetamines or heroin.
Although there is no one way to do it, there are some things you can do to help kids make better choices .
It starts by talking to them about these issues at an early age, being open about your own experiences, and setting clear boundaries for what behaviors are acceptable in your household.
If you find yourself dealing with an addiction problem in your family, seek professional help immediately. Don’t let fear stand in the way of getting treatment for someone you love.