How can You Help your Addicted Loved One?
Untreated drug addiction includes social consequences that are likely to affect work, family and interpersonal relationships. Those who neglect their families generate social problems and embarrassment for their spouses and their children. They may even commit crimes, including stealing from family members or the work place to provide for their own consumption needs. Driving under the influence of drugs can cause death or injury to themselves or others.
Drugs can alter the perception of reality and cause apathy at work or school. Addicts neglect, in general, work and family responsibilities. If she is pregnant, consuming drugs during the pregnancy is likely to create a dependency of the fetus to the drug they consume, causing defects or a possible still-birth of the child. If you or someone you know is suffering from the consequences of drug addiction, we are here for you.
Making the decision to confront a loved one about their drug addiction is very difficult, and not something to be taken lightly. If you think that your family member, especially a teen, is using drugs, there are several tests available to test drug levels in urine and blood, but remember that these tests cannot distinguish between “use” and “abuse”. However, there are signs and symptoms to look for which differentiate between use and abuse of drugs. Some of the behaviors to look for include using drugs to relax or feel better, using drugs alone, lying and stealing to buy drugs, inability to stop using drugs, unable to work or study, neglecting family and friends, or resuming drug use after a period of sobriety. If one or more of these symptoms is present in a loved one’s drug use, it is possible that they suffer from an addiction. Find help for you or a loved one from a drug addiction treatment center.
Confronting a loved one or acknowledging a problem with alcohol or drugs is never an easy task. What you must know is that alcoholism is a disease of addiction that produces symptoms and side-effects. Some of the signs of alcoholism are increased tolerance, withdrawal symptoms (tremors, anxiety, and sweating), concerns about money or availability, difficulty controlling the volume of consumption, and continued consumption despite physical or mental health problems. There are many environmental as well as mental factors that can be part of the reason for the development of alcoholism. Genetics can also play a role in the addiction; alcoholics with a family history of addiction are more likely to suffer from this progressive disease. When you are ready to get help from an addiction treatment center, our addiction specialists are waiting to hear from you.
Palm Partners Recovery Center can help. Call 1-877-HOPE (4673).