Once the drug addicts in the society admit that they have a problem, the burden is taken off their shoulders. At this point, they can apologize to their family and associates.
Many people have the misconception that just because the drug addicts quit the drugs, that will solve all of their problems. The users cannot build a future on their condition. Therefore, once the drugs are taken away from them, there remains the work of helping them to rebuild their future. Helping them change their friends, abilities and mindsets.
Arriving at a lasting solution calls for understanding the problem. If a particular drug seems to resolve a problem every time it is used, then the person with the problem tends to develop a reliance on the drug. This is because the drug works for them every time it is used. The drugs, therefore, suppress the problem rather than solve it. Addiction develops when the problem outgrows the drug ability to suppress it.
The role that the members of the community play is to help the person recover their abilities. If the person’s capabilities are higher and their probability of surviving and making a living by themselves increase, then their odds of reverting to drugs decrease greatly. Therefore, the members of the society play a major role in assisting the former drug addict to re-enter the society. This can be through increasing their capabilities to function successfully in lawful and a decent job.
The members of the society are responsible for providing support and compassion to those who are recovering from the effects of addiction. Sometimes former drug addicts may refuse to be helped. Nevertheless, it takes patience, persistence, compassion, and sincerity. This allows the addict to gain trust and courage from the members of the society. The community within which the addict is recovering should understand that addiction could affect every gender, ethnic group, and socioeconomic class. There should not be any stereotyping. Nobody chooses to be addicted.
Offering counseling is entirely the role of the members of the community. Gone are the day when exorcism and incarceration in mental hospitals were the methods of handling drug addicts. Today, recovery from addiction is based on counseling. Counseling helps the addicts the patients deal with the fundamental problems in a caring and supportive manner in a safe setting. Group counseling, as well as individual counseling, has proved to be an effective method of helping addicts recover through the positive results realized.
The society should know that the goal of drug addicts’ recovery is not to end the addiction to drugs. Its members, therefore, have to play an active role to help those who are recovering to be ready to compete for jobs and in life without the reliance on the drugs.