Do I Need Drug Treatment?

Many people with substance abuse issues experience tremendous difficulty admitting that they need help. Overcoming the denial is a huge step. People who have lost jobs, homes, relationships and even their freedom can continue to be in denial of their drug or alcohol problem. They blame their boss for firing them. They got evicted because their landlord was a jerk. They got arrested because they have bad luck. Drugs and alcohol may be the common denominator in all of these scenarios, but they won’t see that until they are ready. Often this denial is fueled by fear. What if people find out? Will I have to go to drug treatment? I can’t be away from home for 30 days.

How Can I Tell if I Need Drug Treatment?

People are quick to compare themselves to others who they perceive as being worse off than themselves. They think because they don’t drink or use as much as some of their friends, they don’t have a problem. They are quick to list a number of things that haven’t happened to them—they’ve never been arrested, they’ve never blacked out, they’ve never stolen anything for drugs…

First, this may only be a list of “yets.” Addiction is a progressive illness that only gets worse over time. You will often hear people in 12 Step meetings talk about finally deciding to get sober because they were starting to do all the things they swore they wouldn’t. Second, whether or not you need drug treatment is not necessarily dependent on how much or how often you use, but rather what happens when you use and how does it make you feel. You might only get high on weekends—but do you spend your week obsessing about drinking and using over the weekend. The day after you use, are you overcome with guilt or remorse? Once you pick up a drink or a drug, do you lose control over what will happen next?

There is a Solution can help. If you suspect that you may need drug treatment, call one of our caring professionals today for a free evaluation. They can help you determine whether or not you need treatment and, if so, what level of care would be best for you. If you are concerned about a loved one, There is a Solution can refer you to a professional interventionist who can help get your loved one to agree to get help.

You can reach us 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250.

How to Help Someone Stop Drinking

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When someone you love is showing signs of a drinking problem, it is understandable to feel everything from confusion and disappointment to anger and resentment. To see someone you love struggle with drinking can be bewildering. You may have tried to confront them about their drinking only to be met by denial. You may have tried to threaten them with various consequences, but still nothing changes. You feel like you are losing the person you love and all you want to do is get them to stop drinking.

You want to help but you don’t know how. It is important to understand that alcoholism is recognized as a medical illness. If someone you loved broke their arm, you wouldn’t try to fix it yourself. You would take them to a doctor. Yet it is not entirely uncommon for people to try to get a loved one to stop drinking and then feel like somehow they have failed when that person continues to drink. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive illness that if left untreated can lead to stomach problems, liver disease, “wet brain” (a result of improper thiamine absorption from heavy, alcoholic drinking) and death.  It often requires medical intervention to properly treat.

However, that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do to help someone stop drinking. Seeking out the help of a professional addictions expert is always recommended when you are dealing with someone with addiction issues. They have the knowledge and experience needed to handle what has the potential to be a volatile situation. Professional interventionists are experienced in the process of getting a person with drug and alcohol issues into treatment and can work with you to help your loved one. They can let you know what you should do to stop enabling behavior and how to begin your own healing journey.

Call There is a Solution today to learn more about how you can help someone you care about stop drinking. We are a treatment referral service that gets men and women into drug and alcohol treatment. We can recommend a professional interventionist, detox facility, inpatient rehab, outpatient program and sober living home. We are able to take you through each step of the treatment process, guiding you and your loved one through early sobriety.

Call There is a Solution today to learn more about how we can help you. Our services are no cost to you. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250 for more information or if you have any questions regarding the treatment process.

Is My Husband an Alcoholic? Signs Your Husband May Have a Drinking Problem

 

 

Alcoholism is a devastating illness that affects not just the individual, but the friends and family as well. You don’t have to lose everything to be an alcoholic. Your husband may never have lost a job because of his drinking. He may have never been arrested or gotten a DUI. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t an alcoholic (and it could mean that these things just haven’t happened yet).

 

The following are 5 signs your husband may be an alcoholic:

  • He hides how much he drinks

Does your husband lie about how much he drinks? Does he try to sneak drinks? Have you ever found bottles of liquor hidden around the house?

  • He acts like a different person when he drinks

When your husband drinks, is it like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? This is especially cause for concern if your husband becomes aggressive or violent when he drinks.

  • He goes on benders

While daily drinking is a sign of alcoholism, a person does not have to be a daily drinker to be an alcoholic. Your husband may not drink for days or even weeks at a time. It is not necessarily about how much a person drinks, but what happens to a person when he drinks. If when your husband does drinks, he goes on benders and disappears for hours or days it is a sign that he is an alcoholic.

  • He becomes defensive when questioned about his drinking

Does he become overly defensive or angry when you bring up his drinking? If he shuts you out every time you try to discuss his drinking with him, this could be sign that he too is aware that there is a problem, but that he is not ready to deal with it yet.

  • He is experiencing physical consequences as a result of his drinking

Prolonged alcohol abuse can cause serious medical issues. Alcoholism is linked to a number of diseases—it can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver failure and cancer. However, there are also subtler signs such as fatigue, stomach problems, regular hangovers and impotence.

There is a Solution is a free service that finds help for those who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.  We can help you and your family begin the process of recovery together. While it may seem like the alcoholic is the only one that needs help because he or she is one with the disease, the truth is that alcoholism is a family illness. We strongly encourage and recommend that family members take advantage of family programs offered in treatment—both for their sake and the sake of their loved one.

If you are concerned that your husband is an alcoholic, you are not alone. Call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.

How to Do an Intervention

If someone you love is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you may be wrestling with a wide range of emotions, from anger and resentment to fear and heartbreak. You may feel entirely helpless.

While you cannot force anyone to get treatment if they don’t want it, you can help someone break through their denial. An intervention is designed to get someone with a drug or alcohol addiction into treatment by bringing together a group of friends and family to express their fears and concerns and share their pain.

 

 

The following outlines how to do an intervention:

  • Plan ahead

Where will you hold the intervention? Who will be there? How will you get your loved one there? An intervention is not something that should be done spur of the moment. It is something that should be planned out carefully. It is also extremely important that you make arrangements for them to go into treatment ahead of time. You may only have a small window directly following the intervention that they are willing to get help. Have a bag packed and a car waiting to drive them to treatment.

  • Write down what you want to say

It is important that you write down what you want to say ahead of time. During the intervention, you may be too overcome with emotion to remember what it is you wanted to convey to your loved one. Most people find that writing it in a letter format is helpful. You want to cover how their actions have hurt and affected you.

  • Determine what the consequences will be if you loved one refuses treatment

You need to have a plan in place in case your loved one refuses treatment—and you need to be able to stick to your plan. Empty threats will only hurt you attempt to help.

Interventions can sometimes be a volatile situation. You have to remember that you are dealing with someone who is under the influence of drugs and alcohol—they are not thinking or acting rationally. A professional interventionist can walk you through the entire intervention process and keep things safe for everyone involved.

If you are looking for a professional addictions specialists to assist you in your intervention, There is a Solution can help. We are a free service that finds treatment for men and women who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. We are there to support and guide you at each step of the way, working with you to get your loved one into treatment and finding a treatment center that is most appropriate for their needs.

Don’t wait to make the call. You can speak with someone 24/7 at There is a Solution by calling (800) 832-5250.