5 Basic Rules Family Members Should Understand When A Loved One Is An Addict

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When a family member is addicted, the usual patterns of behavior and thinking pose major blocks in the path to recovery, if an attempt is being made at all. Dealing with loved ones in this situation requires a different kind of response that doesn’t sit well with many people. Because of this vulnerability, addicts often use this to manipulate those close to them so they can go on using addictive substances without interruptions.

When the substance abuse and manipulation continues for many years, families find themselves depleted of resources to help save the person’s life. The result is the inability to seek proper rehabilitation programs and facilities to assist the addict in rebuilding his or her life. Dr Maher Soudah, director of Kaiser Wellness Center, says that there are basic rules that loved ones should follow when dealing with a family member who is addicted.

1. Do not be naive.

It’s hard to believe and accept that a loved one has fallen to addiction. Naivete will make family members believe that their loved one is being honest, even when the evidence suggests the opposite. This is usually under the premise that the person was trustworthy “before.” However, being naive could be fatal. If you suspect that a family member is addicted, you will see it through the changes in his or her behavior and performance at work or at school. The right way to deal is to ask the person directly about the changes, talking to the people he interacts with often, escorting him or her to the family doctor for a test, and accepting that firm action is necessary when the results are positive.

2. Reject the manipulation and the lies.

Addiction comes with a unique skill set that makes people expert manipulators and liars. This is because the mind has become a servant of substance. The addicted individual will also be very good at turning tables around on somebody who is trying to save him or her, often making it the family’s fault that they are in that situation. This ethical and moral decay should be anticipated — and must not be allowed to eat into your family relationships.

3. Do not be an enabler.

An enabler is somebody who thinks he or she is helping, but is actually contributing to the destruction. There are different ways you can be an enabler. For example, instead of helping the addict get professional help, you might be giving him or her some money, bringing food over daily, or lending him or her a car.

“If you continue to give the addict money or sources of funds, you are prolonging the abuse and contributing to the downward spiral,” notes Dr Soudah.

4. Trace where the money is going.

Addiction is fueled by money. When the person’s personal funds are depleted, he or she will be asking for money from you or selling off valuables. As the addiction increases, so does the amount needed to finance it. This is why it is common to hear about addicts who’ve stolen jewelry and pawned them off, shoplifted, and more. When you see dramatic changes in his or her financial state, either through money disappearing or the sudden acquisition of new expensive things or lots of cash, be alert, sharpen your detective skills, and follow the trail.

5. Choose an appropriate rehab program.

There are different kinds of rehabilitation programs, says Dr Maher Soudah. Some take only a few months while others can take years. Depending on the level of addiction, doctors recommend either an in-patient or out-patie nt program. Some even employ animals to make recovery easier. Thus, you should do your research to find an appropriate set-up for your loved one. Professionals recommend signing up with a facility that is far from hom so the addict will not be constantly faced with places and people associated with the substance abuse.

The first step to recovery from addiction is acknowledging that you need help. Kaiser Wellness Center offers a safe and private haven for guests to receive the tools needed to reclaim and sustain a meaning

gful life. Headed by Dr. Maher Soudah, it is center’s mission to not just help people achieve new balance in their lives but also to expand global awareness towards the improvement of health and wellness.

Dr. Maher Soudah: Washington University of Health & Science

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Dr. Maher Soudah: Executive Dean of WUHS

The need for quality education is the dire need of the hour. However this need can’t merely be attributed to the growing competition and the need to excel in the facilities being offered. According to Dr. Maher Soudah, Executive Dean of WUHS (Washington University of Health and Science), this eminence is because the generation deserves it.

The time has gone when institutes could make false promises and grow nevertheless. Being a start-up medical education school, Maher Soudah and the Washington University of Health & Science team have taken enough time to know their periphery and hence can now assure its students about the capability of the administration. Medicine is not a study like any other for it involves human lives. And human lives as everyone would agree are precious.

Dean Maher Soudah: WUHS Belize

Maher Soudah WUHSWhen the organization came into being, the first and foremost concern of Dean Maher Soudah was to have the highest possible teaching standards in the University and he was successful in doing so. Additionally, there are numerous visiting professors from U.S. medical schools coming every semester to implement highest education standards.

Dr. Maher Soudah says, “WUHS is based in Belize, which is an amazing place in itself, with low crime rate, nice climate, and convenient transportation, economic and political stability.” Promising the students to guide them personally and academically, Dr Maher Soudah, Executive Dean, and the faculty here assures that the students acquire the expected proficiency and knowledge in the subject.

Medicine has always held a paramount and a special status in the society which is why it is immensely important to learn the respect it. The University holds a special place for medicine and hence wishes to instill high values in the students of medicine because only then will they be able to give their best in the future.

Maher Soudah & The Future of Washington University of Health & Science

Dr. Maher J. Soudah, MD, Executive Dean of the medical consortium gave the keynote speech at the Washington University of Health and Science commencement held at the Hilton, Columbus Ohio. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Maher Soudah as the commencement speaker this year,” said Dr. Martin Hoofer, MD, vice president for medical affairs. Our students will benefit greatly from listening to his experiences and advice.”

As a physician-academic, Dr. Maher Soudah is a strong advocate for global health and Education. Students will walk the stage and shake hands with the WUHS Executive Dean of the medical school. Dr. Maher Soudah said he is excited to speak at the graduation ceremonies because he thought the speech from his ceremony was significant and he hopes to inspire current graduates with his own words.

Maher J Soudah said he wants to encourage the graduates to attend the commencement convocation. “I think it’s something they shouldn’t miss,” he said. “I believe it’s something that can be meaningful to them if they’ll come and listen to what the speakers have to say.” Maher SoudahDr Maher Soudah said there are specific points in his convocation speech that he’d like to share with graduates, the first being to congratulate them on their accomplishments. “The second thing I’d like to do is talk about the state of the world that they’re entering,” Soudah said. “They are entering a difficult economic and fiscal environment. I just want to make sure everyone knows what that’s like. They’re going to have greater challenges than graduates have had in prior decades.” Third, Executive Dean Maher Soudah said he wanted to challenge the graduates as they move forward in life to help make the world a better place.

Good Luck From Dr. Maher Soudah – Executive Dean of WUHS

A point that Dr. Soudah wants graduates and other students to become more aware of is the appreciation of the value of obtaining a degree and doing it in a timely manner. Maher Soudah funded his college career and said the fact that he worked so hard, not only to obtain a degree but also to pay for it, gave him a profound appreciation for it.

“I don’t think some of today’s generation of students think deeply enough of the importance [of the timeliness of graduation] and I don’t think they give enough consideration to the quicker you get done with school, the quicker you’ll be to get a return on investment for what their parents or their scholarship donors have contributed to the cost of their education,” Dr. Maher Soudah said. As students prepare for the “real world” and look back on their time spent at the medical school, a common thought is how they will miss the University.

Dr. Maher J. Soudah, MD
Executive Dean of WUHS

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