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.

Prescription Drug Dangers

Florida, a state once notorious for the frightening ease with which anyone could obtain a legal prescription for powerful narcotics, has cracked down on these pills mills. During a 6 month time period in 2010, there were 1,268 deaths related to prescription drugs in Florida. That is 7 deaths a day. Once a destination for people across the county trying to obtain prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, lawmakers and residents have taken steps to make it more difficult for people to obtain these drugs. It raises the question: how did it get so bad in the first place? A combination of unethical doctors, lack of regulations, ignorance surrounding the dangers of prescription pills and no means of tracking these prescriptions provided the ideal conditions for this epidemic to take off.

Current measures taken to fight this trend include making more arrests. However, arresting people for prescription drugs is complicated by the fact that these drugs are legal. While numerous doctors have been arrested for over prescribing these drugs, they can defend their actions by saying that thought that what they were prescribing was appropriate for the level of pain the patient was experiencing. Making arrests is further made more difficult because the drugs can be purchased legally and then distributed illegally.

Increase in prescription drug abuse, particularly opiates, has also been linked to an increase in heroin use. It is a sign of the progression of the disease of addiction. People who may have never done an illicit drug in their life can find themselves addicted to a painkiller that they were legally prescribed and when they run out or if the doctor stops prescribing it to them, they will turn to heroin which produces a very similar high.

People who use prescriptions drugs and combine them with other drugs are in even more danger of overdosing. Prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines and opiates, slow down breathing and when mixed with alcohol this effect is exacerbated and can lead to death. Also many prescription painkillers contain acetaminophen which when mixed with alcohol can lead to liver problems.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have a problem with prescription drugs, you are not alone. The care coordinators at There is a Solution are available 24/7 to answer your questions and work with you to find you the help you needs. You can contact us by calling (800) 832-5250.

Treatment for Prescription Pill Addiction in Florida

Prescription pill addiction is rapidly on the rise. It seemed almost as if overnight pain management clinics, or “pill mills” as they are often called, began popping up everywhere. Between the lack of accountability being demanded from the owners and operators of these places and absence of a way to track those who were visiting these clinics, painkiller abuse quickly became a deadly epidemic. While government officials are working on making it more difficult for individuals to obtain these drugs from multiple doctors simultaneously (an illegal practice known as doctor shopping) for many these changes to the law came too late. For those who are struggling with an addiction to prescription medication, there is hope. Recognizing the severity of the prescription pill addiction problem in Florida, treatment centers began to develop specific programs to treat prescription pill addiction. These are drugs that even teens seem to have easy access to. In fact, the number of teens abusing prescription opiates is currently at record numbers.

Whether you began taking prescription drugs recreationally or were prescribed them by a doctor for a legitimate medical condition, you are at risk for developing an addiction to the pills you have been taking. If you are searching for treatment in Florida for prescription pill addiction, There is a Solution can help. We are intervention team and free treatment referral service that works with men, women and teens struggling with various addictions. We can find you a drug treatment facility that offers drug specific treatment programs designed to address the issues, such as chronic pain, that are often associated with a physical dependence on drugs such as Oxycontin, oxycodone, Xanax, vicodin and Percocet.

We can find you placement in a medical detox facility that specializes in helping men and women break their physical dependence on painkillers through a combination of therapeutic and medical techniques. Through prescription medication, such as Suboxone, Subutex and methadone, clients can experience a safe and comfortable detox that alleviates and minimizes withdrawal symptoms. We also work with facilities that provide a holistic approach to treatment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to prescription pills, there is effective and comprehensive treatment available. Call There is a Solution today to learn more about the services we offer to have get a free and confidential drug and alcohol evaluation over the phone. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.

How Long Does Oxycontin Stay in Your System?

Oxycontin is a prescription painkiller that is grouped in a class of drugs known as opiates. It is used to treat high levels of chronic pain. In addition to alleviating pain, it can create feelings of extreme relaxation and euphoria. In a high enough dose, it can cause respiratory failure and even death.

How Long Does Oxycontin Stay in your System?

How long Oxycontin stays in your system depends on the type of testing method. It can stay in your urine 3- 4 days and in your saliva 1-4 days. Drug tests rely on gas chromatography/mass spectrometry or liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry  to determine if Oxycontin is in your system. Hair test can test positive for up to 90 days.

However, if you are concerned how long Oxycontin will stay in your system, it could be a sign that you have a problem. If you are using Oxycontin without a prescription or using more than you are prescribed you may want to consider getting help. Trying to determine how long Oxycontin will stay in your system in order to pass a drug test is part of the insanity of addiction. Whether you are trying to pass a drug test for legal, employment or family-related reasons, consider what you stand to lose if you test positive for Oxycontin.  If it is important that you pass a drug test, but find that you cannot stop using or attempt to continuing using as long as possible prior to taking the test, you may want to seek treatment.

The statistics are truly terrifying. According to the Center for Disease Control, 100 people die each day as a result of overdosing. In 2008 there were almost 15,000 deaths as a result of prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin. That’s an entire college campus. It’s the size of a small town. In 2010, 2 million people reported that at some point in the past year they used prescription painkillers not under the supervision of a doctor for the first time. With such an alarming number of new users, we can only expect to see an increase in the number of overdoses.

There is a Solution is a free service that helps men, women and teens break out of the viscous cycle of addiction and enjoy a life free from the bonds of drugs and alcohol by finding them the help they need. If you are tired of the chaos and pain of addiction and if you want to be able to enjoy life clean and sober, reaching out for help is the first step. Don’t lose another day to addiction—call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.