One of the biggest challenges when you have a loved one in addiction is the impact this has on their behaviours, and because of their change in behaviour, there is an impact on all of those who care about the addict. Alcohol and drugs are mind-altering and mood-altering substances, and the biggest issue is how these substances, when they are abused or when someone is dependent on them, effect that person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Most families look at the changes in behaviour and try and understand these thigs through the lens of ‘common sense’, and of course that never works, it just causes more frustration and desperation. At Help for You – Rosemary Brown, you are dealing with a Behaviour Specialist that understands and will guide you through this journey.
Behavioural problems can challenge how a person lives or experiences life, with Addiction, Mental Health issues, and some disabilities being a common cause of behavioural issues within families. Families are often not equipped to deal with these behaviours when they arise, firstly not understanding how their loved one came to responding in the way of aggressive or they continue with their problematic behaviours despite the consequences.
For those in addiction, because of their behaviours and mood swings, they may be prescribed medication, a GP or Psychiatrist seek to treat these things with something like mood stabiliser, or an antidepressant and in some cases a tranquilising medication such as Diazepam. For children with behavioural issues, they may receive a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, or ODD and be prescribed Ritalin or a similar type of medication, the issue with this is it may change the way the child acts, but it does not teach them appropriate behaviour change strategies.