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.

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.

Getting Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

 No one starts using with the thought that one day their cocaine use will cost them their job, car, house and the relationships in their life. By the time they realize that they need cocaine treatment, their life is usually in complete ruins. It doesn’t always have to be this way. You have the opportunity to get help before you lose everything.

The following are signs you may need cocaine addiction treatment:

  • Has your cocaine use gone from social use to an activity that you do alone? You may have considered yourself a “recreational user” but lately it seems like something you have to hide from everyone?
  • Are you spending more money on cocaine? Do you not have enough money to pay your bills, but continue to spend money on cocaine? Do you try to make more money—sometimes through illegal means—to pay for your drugs?
  • Have friends and family expressed concern about your use? It is important to understand that your loved ones care about you. It is not uncommon for someone struggling with an addiction to cocaine to react with denial or even anger when they are confronted about their drug use. If you find yourself thinking “I wish everyone would just leave me alone?” then you may want to consider treatment.
  • Have you made repeated failed attempts to stop? You start by telling yourself that you are going to slow down or “take a break” from using, but then something comes up and you make an excuse to go and get high. Every time you have a little bit of extra money, it is the first thing you think of. You make promises to yourself and your loved ones that you’re done with it—and you mean it this time. But you go out for a couple of drinks and before you know it, it has started all over again.

If you are able to relate to any of the above, you may need treatment for a cocaine addiction. Drug treatment can help you to reclaim your life.

There is a Solution is a treatment placement service that can help you get treatment for cocaine addiction. We are a team of professional addiction experts that specialize in understanding the treatment needs of each of our clients on an individual basis.

Don’t wait. Call us at There is a Solution today. You can speak to someone 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250. Our services are at no cost to you.