When drug addiction takes control of an individual’s life, everyone in the family suffers. Addiction causes the individual to pull away from family and friends and neglect things that were once important to them. Without treatment, someone with a drug addiction will continue to sink deeper and deeper into their addiction, until it completely consumes their life.
Addiction can happen to anyone, of any socioeconomic status. In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older (9.2 percent of the population) abused illicit drugs, according to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The good news is that help is available, and treatment is effective in helping individuals and families regain control of their lives. It is important for family members to be aware of the signs of drug addiction and to get help as soon as they suspect a problem. My Recovery Helper provides resources to families that are struggling with drug addiction.
Causes of Addiction
There are many different factors that can contribute to drug addiction. Some individuals are pressured by friends to start using. Others become addicted to medications that were prescribed by a physician for a medical condition. Still others turn to drugs or alcohol in order to self-medicate away emotional pain or stress. Mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, trauma and the like are common among those who are addicted. Addiction usually starts when an individual experiments with a substance, but after sometimes just one or two uses, the person becomes physically or psychologically dependent on the substance.
Signs of Addiction
Although some people are able to hide an addiction for a long time, there are signs that loved ones can watch for that would alert them to a problem. The most common sign of drug addiction is the person withdrawing, emotionally and physically from family and loved ones. The individual might be ashamed of their actions and worried that their loved ones will find out and be disappointed in them.
Others withdraw because the addiction interferes with their priorities and normal activities. Individuals that are hiding an addiction will often have a difficult time fulfilling their normal responsibilities. They will begin to miss work, meetings, family functions, and other commitments because of their preoccupation with procuring and using their substance of choice.
An individual that is struggling with a drug addiction might also have run ins with the law, have more financial troubles, and may not be able to hold down a job. They may have trouble with relationships, and will often withdraw from friends and family.
Physically, someone addicted to drugs will experience a range of symptoms, depending on the type of drugs they use. Drug addiction causes memory problems, increased blood pressure and heart rate, bloodshot eyes, difficulty concentrating, poor large and small motor function, slurred speech, drowsiness, increased energy, confusion, and dizziness.
- Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day
- Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
- Spending money on the drug, even though you can’t afford it
- Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing
- Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
- Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re under the influence of the drug
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
Finding a Drug Addiction Recovery Program
One of the most difficult decisions a family has to make is when to seek help for drug addiction recovery. Many family members are ashamed to admit their loved one is an addict, and many will try to fix the problem on their own. Too often, loved ones deny there is a real problem until the addiction becomes so serious that the individual cannot function normally on their own.
20.6 million people needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2012 but did not receive that treatment Of the 23.9 million Americans that struggled with a drug addiction in 2012, only about 2.5 million (1.0 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility, according to SAMHSA. This means that 20.6 million people needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2012 but did not receive that treatment.
It is important for concerned loved ones to take action and help their family member get the treatment they need. The best time to find help for an addiction is as soon as someone suspects there is a problem. It is not necessary for a drug addict to hit rock bottom before they get treatment. In fact, the sooner a person seeks help, the better their chances are for a full recovery.
Confronting a loved one about their addiction can be difficult, but it is often the only way the person will get the help they need. When family members are unable to convince their loved one to get help, intervention services can help facilitate the process.
Before confronting a loved one about getting help for an addiction, it is helpful to have a treatment facility in mind, or to have choices available for the person. It is important to research treatment programs to determine what will be a good fit for the individual and to ensure they meet all the qualifications. My Recovery Helper has a team of professionals that assess each client and their recovery needs in order to determine the program that will best meet those needs. Just call us at 1.844.867.6835
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Don’t let an addiction control your family any longer. My Recovery Helper connects individuals and families with treatment options that are right for them. We work with treatment facilities that offer the very best care, and use a combination of treatment approaches, in order to provide effective treatment for each and every client. The facilities we work with offer a full continuum of care, including inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and extended care options. We can also connect families with intervention services and detox programs when necessary.
Our staff is standing by, ready to help. We are here to provide clients and families with all the options they need to make an informed decision about treatment.