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Do you or someone you love need help with drug abuse or alcohol abuse?
Drug abuse and alcoholism can have devastating effects often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness but there are solutions and one should not give up. Whether it is alcohol abuse, cocaine abuse, heroin abuse, methamphetamine abuse, prescription drug abuse or any other drug, recovery is possible if you receive the effective help for your specific abuse problem.
Every parent feels overwhelmed from time to time. If you feel your family life is continually in turmoil or if you are always worried about your teens, you can reach out to other parents, as parents have always done, for ideas and support. You can look for family life education groups or groups for parents with special needs. There is also a great deal of family life education material available in audio, video and printed form. Similar material for people of different cultural backgrounds is beginning to become available. You can also ask your school, doctor or clergy for names of agencies where you can get professional counseling and parenting advice.
Depending on the extent of drug and alcohol abuse, there are many different types of treatments available. For severe drug and alcohol problems, there are detoxification and treatment programs that require the patient to stay either in a hospital or treatment center. Also, there are programs that are administered at a clinic. This is the type of program that an individual can attend daily. Treatments for less severe problems include individual, family, or couple’s therapy. Also, there are many support groups available for alcohol and drug abusers and their family members or loved ones.
Drug and alcohol use and abuse is preventable
Get educated. Know the facts. Once you do, you will realize that it is not worth endangering your career, your health, your relationships, and your future. Avoid peer pressure. Think ahead about how to say “NO.” Avoid situations where people will be drinking and using drugs. Consult someone for your problems. Educate others.
How to detect whether you need help for drug or alcohol problem?
If you notice any of the following things then it is sure indicator that you need expert help. Increased frequency of use, loss of control over frequency, duration and/or amount of use drinking or using when you don’t intend to, increased spending money on substance of choice personality changes noted by self and others, getting into risky/dangerous behaviors.
Effects of severe drug and alcohol use:
Loss of friends, negative changes in appetite with possible weight loss, possible reduction or loss of libido (sex drive) and/or only able to perform when using extreme mood swings, including anger and depression obsessions about using or procuring drug when not under the influence, lying about drug use to friends and loved ones, loss of memory for times when under the influence, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when not using, involvement in crime to support habit, loss of energy and general health.
Benefits of getting treatment:
- Help clarify your pattern of abuse.
- Help identify how your life has been affected.
- Help create strategies to decrease your use.
- Help identify related issues that may contribute to your abuse.