Do I Need Drug Treatment?

For some, they went from experimenting with drugs and alcohol to a full blown addiction in a matter of months. Others drank and used for years before they started to experience serious consequences.

If you have started noticing that your drug and alcohol use is starting to interfere with your everyday life and the relationships you have with others, you may be asking yourself “Do I need drug treatment?”

The following are several signs that you might need drug treatment:

  • You can’t stop—or stay stopped
  • People comment on your physical appearance—expressing concern
  • You resolve to quit using—but then tell yourself you didn’t really mean it
  •  You make excuses for your drug and alcohol use—it’s only a phase, it’s my job, I’ll snap out of it…
  • The “yets” start happening—the things you swore you would never do—like using needles, getting arrested, using in the morning etc…
  • You start experiencing depression/anxiety as a result of your drug and alcohol use
  • Once you pick up you have no control over when you will stop or where your use will take you
  • You have chosen drugs or alcohol over friends and family
  • You experience obsessive, intrusive thoughts about drinking or using, with your mind always on that next drink or fix

If you can relate to 2 or more of these signs, you may need drug treatment. However, ultimately, it’s not about how much you drink or how much you use but what happens and how it makes you feel. Addiction is not only a physical disease, but a mental and spiritual one as well. Many addicts share a sense of loneliness and the feeling of being uncomfortable in their own skin. They describe constantly feeling an emptiness that they were trying to fill.

Florida is home to a number of drug treatment centers. Staffed by some of the best addictions professionals in the county, Florida is renowned for its drug and alcohol rehab facilities.

There is a Solution is a treatment placement service. We help people looking for treatment determine if they have a problem and what the best level of care for them is. We explain the different stages of the recovery process and guide individuals and their families as they navigate early sobriety.

To learn more about There is a Solution or different drug treatment centers in Florida, call now: 1-800-832-5250. Our caring team members are available 24/7 to talk to you.

Is My Husband an Addict? Recognizing Drug Abuse Symptoms

 

Have you been growing concerned that your husband may be developing a drug problem? Is he starting to seem like an entirely different person? There is a Solution is a drug treatment placement service that can you and your family begin the process of healing together.

 

What Can I Do to Help?

The first step is recognizing symptoms of drug abuse. If you think your husband may have a problem with drugs, look for these signs:

  • He is abusing his prescription medication

This is something that we are seeing more frequently. Men and women who are obtaining a legal prescription for a legitimate reason are becoming addicted to their medication, whether its pain medication like Oxycontin or Vicodin or anti-anxiety medication like Valium or Xanax. If you have noticed that your husband seems to be running out of his prescription early or is visiting multiple doctors to get prescriptions for the same drug, it could be a symptom of addiction.

  • He makes promises to slow down his drug and alcohol use, but then breaks these promises

There is a misconception that people addicted to drugs could stop if they really wanted to. People in the grips of addiction will continue to drink and use despite the tremendous pain and guilt it causes them.

  • You find drug paraphernalia hidden around the house

This may include small plastic baggies, pipes, straws, prescription pill bottles belonging to other people, razors and spoons.

If your husband is receptive to the idea of drug rehab, you should make arrangements as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for addicts to try and back out once they have agreed to get help. The reality of the situation will sink in and they may try to convince you that they do not need treatment. There is a Solution can help you find affordable treatment quickly. We work with a large network of traditional and Christian drug treatment centers. If he is resistant to the idea of treatment, we can recommend a professional interventionist to help you and your family.

It is also important to do what you need to in order to take care of yourself. If your husband decides to go to treatment, the treatment facility he attends should offer a family program. There are 12 Step meetings designed to help the friends and family of addicts and alcoholics, such as Alanon and Nar-Anon.

For more info, call us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.

How to Tell if You Have a Problem with Drugs

Not everyone that uses drugs is an addict. Some people will, at times in their lives, struggle with drug use but not cross the line into addiction. It is important to understand where that line it.

 

The following are several signs that you may have a problem with drugs:

  • Legal Problems

For some, one DUI or arrest for possession is enough to stop them from continuing down the road they are on. They realize that they are on a dangerous path and need to make serious lifestyle changes. However, for someone who is an addict, they may just tell themselves that they need to be more careful. Or that they need to slow down. They will continue drinking and using, even if it exacerbates their legal problems.

An addict will to continue to drink and use despite negative consequences. They can be on the brink of losing everything—their job, their home, their family—and yet they continue to abuse drugs. Drugs and alcohol may be the cause of all of their problems, but for addicts, they are the only things that make them feel better.

  • Depression/Anxiety

Everyone experiences depression or anxiety at some point in their life, but have you noticed that your depression or anxiety is related to your drug and alcohol use? Do you use to deal with stress? Do you think drugs make you feel “normal”? Do you feel depressed or ashamed after benders? Addicts and alcoholics experience rates of depression, anxiety and suicide that are much higher than the general population.

  • Health Problems

Drug and alcohol abuse can cause a myriad of health issues. This may occur directly as a result of prolonged substance abuse—such as liver disease or “wet brain” from alcohol. However, there are many other health issues that can result from the high-risk behaviors that accompany active addiction. Intravenous drug users not only risk contracting blood borne illnesses such as HIV and Hep C, but they also are susceptible to deadly bacterial infections from dirty needles or using unsanitary water.

 

If you can relate to any of the signs above, you should speak with a professional regarding your drug and alcohol use. Addiction is a progressive illness, getting worse with time. You don’t have to lose everything before you get help.

If you are concerned that you or someone you love may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, call There is a Solution today to speak with one of our addictions professionals to learn more about the disease of addiction or to get help today. You can speak with someone 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250.

Signs a Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs

 

Addiction isn’t something that only the one abusing drugs experiences. It is something experienced by the entire family. Family members will often feel a tremendous amount of grief, loss, anger, fear and frustration stemming from a loved one’s addiction.

The following are signs that someone you love may have a problem with drugs:

  • Presence of drug paraphernalia

This may include razors, small plastic baggies, pipes, spoons, foil, prescription pill bottles and straws. If you find any of these  items, seek professional help.

  • Flu-like symptoms

Nausea, cold sweats and muscle aches are signs of withdrawal. If your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be because they have run out of drugs or are attempting to detox themselves.

  • Erratic behavior

This can include uncharacteristic behavior, paranoia, violent outbursts or bizarre stories that attempt to hide drug use. Drug use can also disrupt normal sleeping patterns—if someone you care about is up all night or always seems tired and is “nodding out,” they may have a problem with drugs. Anxiety and/or depression are also signs of addiction.

  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed

For an addict, drugs become the primary focus. Addicts will lose interest in things—hobbies, friends, work, school, plans for the future—that don’t involve drugs.

  • Legal or Financial Issues

Legal and financial problems are often a more obvious sign of drug abuse. If someone you care about is always broke or asking to borrow money or cannot seem to keep a job, drugs could be to blame.

What to Do if You Think Someone You Love has a Problem with Drugs

When someone you love has a problem with drugs, you probably feel entirely helpless. Addiction is classified by the American Medical Association as a disease, and, as with any disease, you want to seek professional help. If your loved one admits that he or she has a problem and expresses interest in getting help, it is best to act quickly and get them into treatment as soon as possible.

If your loved one refuses to go into drug treatment, a professional interventionist can help plan an intervention and work with you and your family to convince your loved one to enter into a recovery program.

There is a Solution is an intervention referral and treatment placement service that helps addicts and their families get the help they need. Our goal is to help guide you and your family during this difficult and often chaotic time. Call us today at 1-800-832-5250 to learn more about how we can help you.