June 15, 2024

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Importance of Family and Emotions in Giving up on Drug Addiction

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Drug treatment is a long-term treatment that requires many factors to contribute to success. In addition to the patient’s own will and efforts, family factors have been and will be the sources of motivation for patients to keep good treatment results.

Many drug addicts have the desire to quit addiction to start over again, but the most difficult thing for them is when they stop taking drugs, they are struggling and suffering because of “withdrawal syndrome” or “addiction”. , this is what makes them unable to stand it and return to drugs.

For any family, not just the family with drug addicts, when there is an illness in life, the role of each family member is disturbed, and the economy is seriously affected. Since then, many families have fallen into crisis. In the exchanges, many patients have common thoughts about wanting to quit drugs, not because of lack of money, but deeper than conscience, sad features of their wives, tears in their eyes. Mother’s eyes, father’s eyes… Those are the factors that elicit the intention to give up drugs and warm the will of the patients before finding out about alternative treatment for opiates.

On the contrary, among the majority of patients who are treated at the Drug Rehabilitation centre in Pune and have good treatment results, most receive active support from their families. It can be said that family is the driving force, playing a very active role in accompanying addicts to regain their health. There are many patients who come to the addiction treatment program because of their family’s advice, because of their supportive wife, because of thinking about their children… It is the family that has created the strength to help addicts escape from the “white death”.

Mechanism of drug addiction

Drugs are substances that cause strange, fanciful feelings, leading to a state of intoxication. They have a special effect on the central nervous system and if used repeatedly, it will lead to a state of drug addiction.

Narcotic substances include:

– Illegal drugs such as Opium, Heroin; Methamphetamine; Cannabis.

– Legal drugs such as sleeping pills (Gardenal, Lepinal), tranquilizers (Benzodiazepine), opiate drugs (Morphine, Codeine, Dolagan…, especially Methadone, Buprenorphine, LAAM…), psychotropic drugs (Amphetamine, Caffeine), other preparations (alcohol, tobacco, organic solvents…)

The neural mechanism of drug addiction is the formation of conditioned reflexes. When the body is functioning normally, under the cortex produces a substance that regulates the body’s activities called endorphin morphine. This substance has the effect of reducing pain, fatigue, restoring health to the body to function normally. It is a very natural and sophisticated self-regulating mechanism of the human body.

“Addiction syndrome” – a barrier to drug addiction

When a person uses drugs, this drug will go into the nooks and crannies of each nerve cell, reducing pain and fatigue, they stimulate rapid nerve activity, making drug users feel no pain, no fatigue, a feeling of “awake”, “refreshing”, “floating, flying” artificially. If only used one or two times, the user will have a disturbance in the body’s endogenous morphine production. If used repeatedly, the body will stop the production of endogenous morphine and completely depend on the drug from outside being introduced into the body. 

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