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.

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.

Planning an Intervention

If someone you love is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may feel completely powerless to help them and be unsure of the steps to take. An intervention is a way that family and friends can reach out to an individual who is abusing drugs and alcohol to try and help them move past their denial and receive treatment. The following are steps you should take when planning an intervention:

 

 

  • Speak with friends and family members

Try to determine the extent of your loved one’s drinking and using by speaking with those close to him/her. This allows everyone to get on the same page.

  • Decide on consequences

It is critical to determine what the consequences will be for you loved one if he or she refuses to go into treatment and that you will follow through with. Enabling your loved one by providing him/her with a place to live, money, food etc. is only allowing their addiction to progress.

  • Write down what you want to say

Plan ahead what you would like to say and write it down. It may help to write it in a letter format. Explain to your loved how his/her actions are affecting you. Explain that it is because you care that you cannot sit by and watch someone you love hurt themselves any longer.

In addition to following these steps when planning an intervention, you want to make sure to contact a professional interventionist and a drug and alcohol treatment center. Interventions can turn into volatile situations, especially in the person you are trying to help has a history of violence while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It is important that you have a place to take your loved one to the moment that they agree to get help.

There is a Solution is a free treatment referral and intervention service that helps men, women and teens overcome substance abuse and go on to lead sober, healthy lives. We can not only assist you with the intervention, but we can get your loved one immediate placement in a drug and alcohol rehab.

It is also important that you remember to take care of yourself. When so much focus is placed on the individual with the drug or alcohol problem , we neglect to take care of our own needs. There is a Solution helps not only addicts and alcoholics get the help that they need, but the families as well. We can connect you to family support groups and family programs designed to help you and you loved one come together and heal.

If you are trying to get a loved one into treatment and need help planning an intervention, contact There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.

Passing a Drug Test: Facts and Myths

There are many myths regarding the various ways people can pass a drug test. The truth is drug tests today are far more sophisticated and accurate than they were several years ago. They can test for a greater variety of drugs—including synthetic marijuana products and substances designed to throw a drug test.

 

 

 

The following are 5 myths about passing a drug test:

  • Drinking Water

If you are trying to pass a drug test by drinking an excessive amount of water, there are two things you should know. One, if you drink too much water you run the risk of water poisoning, which happens when you drink so much water that it throws your electrolyte balance off with fatal consequences. Two, drinking enough water can dilute your urine sample to the point where it is unreadable, but drug testing facilities are aware that this is a method individuals will use to try and pass a drug test. They will often regard it as a “fail.”

  • Adding Bleach

Adding bleach to your drug test will throw off the pH levels of your urine. This is a red flag that the sample has been tampered with and will result in a “fail.”

  • “Detox” Products or “Cleansers”

These products are usually just a scam to make money. If there is a substance in them that can mask the presence of a drug, it will be evident that the sample has been tampered with. If there was a product out there that actually worked, drug testing companies would figure out a way to test for it.

  • Drinking Vinegar

If you drink enough to affect the results of your drug test, it will be apparent that the sample was somehow altered. Also, drinking vinegar can make you violently sick.

  • Exercise

Because marijuana is stored in your fat cells, some people believe that if they exercise a lot before their drug test, it will detox the drug out of your body.

 

While for some it may seem like common sense—if you are being drug tested, just don’t use drugs. However, if you have a serious problem with drugs, then it’s not that simple. Addiction makes drugs you sole focus—everything else that was once important seems to fade into the background. As it states in 12 Step literature “We lived to use and used to live.” If you cannot stop using drugs long enough to pass a drug test, it may be time to ask for help.

There is Solution is a free referral service that helps men and women who think they might have a just are going through and were able break free from their addictions and the fear and insanity that comes with using. We know that finding a better way to live is possible we found one.

Call There is Solution today to speak with someone. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.

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.