In CRJI we have found that the best way to support addictions is through communication., and referring to the right health professional. Building positive relationships and reaching out in times of difficulty can help put positive supports in place and lessen the load.
Addiction can call on anyone’s door, in order to help and provide support we need to look at the root causes of addiction, the main difference between those who are addicted and those who aren’t is usually circumstance. Addiction is nothing to be ashamed of and it is usually caused by a number of underlying factors.
We now live in a time where addiction is commonplace, whether it be problematic drug use, phone, gambling or alcohol. It affects the individual, family members, friends and communities as a whole.
It is important that we come together to not only discuss what effects addictions are having on the community but also to help solve the stigma of addiction and how this can stop people from speaking up and accessing help.
It is important to spot the signs of addiction early and get help, many people feel they can face it alone, but this is rarely the case. The long-term effects can include mental health issues, crime, health issues, damaged relationships and poor life choices.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addictions, please get in touch and we will point you in the right direction or speak to someone you trust, visit your GP. There is always help available.