The history of drug abuse in Texas is no different from what it is in all other places. It is always painful to see a loved one becoming a victim of substance abuse and the unforgiving compulsions that go with it. People usually take to drugs at a young age when they first experience what is described as the effect of the substance on the ‘pleasure centers’ of their brains. This is also known as a ‘High’ in the jargon of addicts and this is what literally imprisons them to the substance. This is just the beginning of the journey to doom and before long the effect of drugs gets hold of their central nervous system especially the spinal cord and the brain. Thankfully, there is always a Halfway House close by to help the addict beat the habit.
Treat an addict with compassion and respect
When anybody is in any kind of trouble, not just substance or alcohol abuse but any other problem, the least they expect is to be told about their problem in a scornful way. Unfortunately, in many places drug addicts are looked down upon as trouble-makers if not outright criminals. That does not mean there are no criminals among drug addicts but simply trashing their very existence is to conveniently overlook the problem. Individuals alone cannot deal with the drug-dealing eco-system. The best that you can do to help your dear one is to guide him/her to any one of the nearby Halfway Houses for rehabilitation.
See if there is a realization of mistake in him/her
It is true that many substance abusers are unrepentant about their habit while many others get mixed up with the drug-dealing eco-system. There is not much that you can do to help such individuals to mend their ways. However, if your dear one realizes his/her problem and feels that s/he needs help, do all you can to help him/her. There is not too much for you to get stressed about in such cases and all you need to do is tell him/her, “Take it easy, I’ll get you to a Halfway house near me, where you’ll get well easily.” That would be reassuring enough for your dear one to cooperate.
Get his/her consent before admitting him/her in a rehab
Let us face it…nobody likes to be pushed and bullied into doing anything if s/he is not prepared for it. As the saying goes, ‘You can take the donkey to the pond but you can’t make it drink unless it is thirsty.’ Don’t make the mistake of gagging up your loved one, put him/her in your car and scream, “I’m going to drive you down to one of the Halfway Houses near me, where they’ll kick this habit out of you.” This approach will not work, and it never did. It is true that the drug has a compelling effect on an addict’s nervous system but it is also true that a lot of how s/he feels is psychological. If s/he realizes that it is wrong to do drugs, it is a lot easier to get them admitted to a rehab center.
The problem of drug abuse is multi-faceted and is being dealt with by the different stakeholders at different levels. At the individual level, the least you can do is to help your dear one kick the habit for which his/her needs to be in a quality rehab center.