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Q-5: My elder brother is a heroin drug addict for 6 years. We got him admitted in treatment and    rehabilitation centre but he relapsed many times. I am unable to understand yet the reason of his relapse.  How can I help my brother? Anis - Nawabshah

A: Heroin addiction brings multiple destruction such as; psychological, social, moral and physical problems. Your brother has been using heroin for last 6 years. During 6 years, multiple skills of your brother have been destroyed. All of his skills (cognitive, behavioral, occupation and spiritual) need to be rehabilitated for a long time in order to keep in recovery. Besides, different factors also contribute to sustain of recovery such as; positive family environment, will power to fight with problems, social activities etc. You and your family will have to show patience and kindness for your patient. Keep in mind that drug addiction is like diabetes that needs life time precautions. Relapse is the part of treatment and chances of relapse will always be there. If your patient is relapsed for 5 five times, you will have to get him admitted in hospital again. It is a life time struggle. Do not be hopeless and keep helping your brother with the hope of long recovery. DFN

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