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Q-2: My brother came back to home from hospital after one and a half month. He was addicted to cannabis and alcohol. He is misbehaving with family. My mother is widow. My entire family is disturbed. Please guide us
                                          Iqra Karachi
A: Dear Iqra!  You did not mention that for how long your brother had been addicted to cannabis.  Longer the period of drug abuse, the greater effort is needed to be cured. In one and a half month, your brother just learned to detoxify his body from drugs.  Drug destroys skills of users along with their physical health. Craving for drugs leads to irritation, anger and other psychological issues. Initially, he will behave badly but with the passage of time, everything will be okay. Your brother still needs counseling sessions to overcome emotional and behavioral problems. Besides, send him to attend weekly meetings of Narcotic Anonymous (NA) held in treatment and rehabilitation centers. At this stage, your family has to bear all this. You keep in touch with the treatment center where he was admitted. Take guideline from the professionals and recovering counselor to handle your brother. Follow up is an essential part of treatment process.  DFN

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