One of the most challenging aspects of addiction is the fact that most addicts will not acknowledge that they have a problem and as a result refuse help. Very often an addicted person will know that they need help but are unable to break free from their cravings long enough to help themselves.

According to Narconon International, a US-based non-profit public benefit organization dedicated to eliminating drug abuse, an addict is more likely to discuss their habit after a major life altering event such as getting arrested, being kicked out of their home, the loss of a job or separation from their family. Persons seeking to help addicted persons are urged to seize this opportunity before cravings and the pressures of their environment set in.

There are signs that persons can use to determine if their loved one needs to be enrolled at a residential drug abuse programme, or rehab. These include but are not limited to:

  • Inability to stop drug use despite promises to quit, cut back or wean themselves off
  • Drug use is damaging the persons work relationships, school or other parts of life
  • Neglect of family and personal needs, such as personal grooming and proper nutrition

For referrals to treatment programs in Jamaica, call 1-888-991-4244, or visit the National Council on Drug Abuse at 2-6 Melmac Avenue.