Ending the Demand for Drugs

June 16, 2017 James Clayton Welch

Dealing with Drug Addiction and How to Start Rehabilitation


There are many discussions and arguments on the causes and effects of the international drug problem and its global consequences, yet one thing many people fail to take into account is the changed lives of the victims of drug addiction or the casualties of the drug war. If there is no demand, there is no supply, yet both are in abundance (surprisingly) in developed countries like the USA, Canada, and Australia, which are plagued with opiates like heroin and morphine, prescription stimulants like oxycodone, and chemical-based drugs like methamphetamines.

Of course, many other developing countries, like Iran and Afghanistan, countries that are in or in proximity to the Golden Crescent, have a drug problem as well. But it is not surprising that it is not as bad in countries near the Golden Triangle, like Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, due to the harsh penalties associated with drug abuse. The drug problem may not be as bad in Asia compared to Western countries (although, as far as things go, it is indeed pretty bad), but only because the consequences tend to cost people the rest of their lives.

And that’s just it: the rest of their lives. Drug addiction is a serious problem that affects millions of lives each year. The worst bit is that this kind of addiction doesn’t recognize social status, so the victim can come from any circumstance and background, debunking the idea that only the impoverished are victims. Whether it is the life of the user or the lives of their loved ones, the dependence on drugs will cost the user more than they are willing to spend. And usually, when they realize this, it is too late.

Here are some telltale signs that someone you know is on drugs and ways on you can help them kick the bad habit and rehabilitate.

Changes in Their Appearance

Victims of drug addiction can often exhibit physical symptoms such as bloodshot or glazed, unfocused eyes; changes in their weight; and different skin problems, like very dry skin or bruises near veins.

Changes in Their Behavior

Drug addiction shows not only physical symptoms, but also behavioral changes. The victim may be more aggressive or irritable, have a personality shift, become depressed or lethargic, have sudden changes of social groups, have drastic shifts in priorities, have financial issues, and more often than not, be involved in criminal acts like theft.

If you notice these signs in your friend or loved one, it may be difficult to accept, but steps must be taken in order to help deal with and, hopefully, stop the addiction. Preparation is a key factor when confronting the person in question, but first it is important to know what the reasons are for confronting them. There are different kinds of drugs and different kinds of addiction, and learning as much as possible will help you have a better understanding of the problem. Figuring out what to say matters because the person you will be confronting will be defensive, so making a list of points will help in communicating to the other person. The approach is as important, and it is a must that that person is sober and in a situation they cannot escape from, like a long bus ride. The tone is doubly important, and your approach has to be gentle and open, showing that you only want to help and it is completely without judgment. Don’t be accusatory as this will only increase the distance. But before all this, research about insurance, rehabilitation facilities, therapy; confronting a problem without a solution will not help anybody, so do your homework before expressing yourself. Remember, you have to be firm and take a stand. Show the victim the consequences of their actions. Hopefully, they do not become just another casualty on the war on drugs.


If you want to know more about drug-addiction symptoms, approaches, and rehabilitation facilities, go to the National Institute of Drug Abuse website for more information.

Thank you so much for reading my blog, and feel free to comment below if you want to share any experiences or thoughts. You can also reach me through my Twitter (@JamesCWelch). If you want to read more, you can check out my book, The Wayfarer.

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