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Can you help an Addict?
October 22, 2017

I live in a small rural town in Florida where it seems Crystal Meth has become an epidemic of sorts. So many people here are addicted and I know many who say they would take help if they can get it. Some think that if you haven’t ever been addicted there is no way you can even help if you wanted to. I think that it is all in the person. I believe if someone truly wants to quit doing anything they are addicted to meth or otherwise , that it is completely their choice. That being said, I also believe there are people who can do it alone and others who need the help and support of others. I know that there are a few things that many people addicted can do that will help them along their way whether they choose to ask for help or not. First, distance themselves from those who would encourage them to give in to their addiction. Whether it be meth, pills, or shopping, if someone they call  friend encourages them to do something they know they do not want to do, then they are not their friend. Also, they need make it clear to everyone they know that they are trying to quit their addiction and not to temp them. If people they thought the world of stop coming around, they will know exactly where they stand with that person. They to are addicted and haven’t come to the point where stopping is a priority. Next, they should find someone they can turn to. Anyone. Find someone they can trust an that will be their support during the times in which they feel they can’t take anymore. They should let this person know that they are serious about quitting and that they need them to help. Just someone one who will answer the phone when a desperate call is made and all they need or want is someone to talk to. And everyone involved in the addicts recovery should know that it will not be an easy road and that there may be slip ups and some back sliding, but the important thing is to help pick that person back up and tell them they can do it and that someone believes in them. I believe that if someone who truly wants to quit whatever, if they try these very simple, but also at times very difficult, pointers they can and will succeed. As someone who as seen so many people I love and care for go down this very hard road, I truly hope this helps someone. What do you think? Do you have any stories or pointers that may help someone one on the road to recovery?

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