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.

Is Valium Addictive?

Valium belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepine, or “benzos,” along with other prescription drugs such as Xanax and Ativan. While it is often prescribed to treat anxiety, muscle spasms and insomnia that does not mean that it is non-addictive. People make think that because it is prescribed by a doctor, it is not an addictive drug. This is not the case. If abused, Valium can be both mentally and physically addictive.

 

 

Signs of Valium addiction include:

  • Fear of running out of Valium

One of the signs of Valium addiction is a preoccupation—a mental obsession really—with having the drug and getting more of it.

  • Going to multiple doctors to get prescribed Valium

This is a practice known as doctor shopping and it is illegal. Trying to get Valium from several different doctors or going to see a doctor for the sole purpose of getting prescribed Valium is a sign that there is a problem.

  • Using Valium to escape

Relying on Valium to deal—or not deal—with your problems can be a symptom of abuse.

  • Taking more than what is prescribed

Taking more than what your doctor recommended or taking that Valium that has not been prescribed to you is a problem that may require professional treatment. One of the symptoms of addiction is developing a tolerance of your drug of choice. A tolerance occurs when a person consistently uses a drug and it begins to require a greater amount of the substance to feel the same effects.

  • Mixing Valium with other substances

Taking Valium with other drugs or alcohol is not only a sign of drug abuse, but it can be fatal.

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms

If you regularly take Valium, you run the risk of developing a physically dependency on the drug. Valium withdrawal symptoms can include body aches, “pins and needles” sensations, insomnia, nausea, seizure and death. If you abruptly stop taking Valium and begin to experience any of these symptoms, seek medical assistance.

If you are concerned that you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Valium, There is a Solution can help. There is a Solution is a treatment placement service. We can walk you through the process of finding treatment for a valium addiction. We work with a number of detox facilities, inpatient drug treatment centers, outpatient programs and sober living residences.

Don’t wait until addiction has cost you everything—call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.