Drug Addiction Interventions
Drug addiction can destroy lives and families. Even if the addict does not want help you can still guide them to treatment
Drug Addiction Slowly Destroys Lives
A common misconception about drug addiction is that an addict is someone who is homeless, has missing teeth, full of sores and is overall unkept. This thought however, cannot be further from the truth. A drug addict can range from a high school teenager to the elderly person down the street. Addiction is a slow, crippling disease that consumes someone’s thoughts and actions over time. It will make the addict do things that they never would have done at an earlier stage in their life.
There so many tales of how people became addicts. It could be from senior citizen taking prescriptions for pain, a CEO taking a shot of alcohol before big meetings to calm their nerves or a teenager succumbing to the pressures, stress, and trying to escape. As we can see it all really starts harmlessly and then gets out of control to the point that they are no longer in control of their lives and live for the drug. Nobody ever wakes up and thinks “I am going to become an addict.”
It is hard to say when that line is crossed and drugs start to consume their lives but it will eventually come. At first, most people do not think too much about it then when family and friends really start seeing changes they either stop hanging out with the addict or give them some advice to stop and move on. The reality is that the addict cannot just STOP. It has become a part of their everyday activities, their thought process, their body will crave it and go through withdrawals. There are addicts that are referred to as “High Functioning” addicts. This means that they have families, work and have an active life with their families and friends. Most of the time nobody really confronts these high functioning addicts because it seems like they have it all under control. But in reality, it will all come crumbling down. Their need to get that high consumes them more and more.
If you suspect a family member or friend is an addict, you should seek an intervention immediately and eliminate the ramifications brought by the prolonged use of drugs.
How to tell drug addiction is affecting family or friends
Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish normal teenage moodiness or angst from signs of drug use. Possible indications that your teenager or other family member is using drugs include:
- Problems at school or work — Frequently missing school or work, a sudden disinterest in school activities or work, or a drop in grades or work performance
- Physical health issues — Lack of energy and motivation, weight loss or gain, or red eyes
- Neglected appearance — Lack of interest in clothing, grooming or looks
- Changes in behavior — Exaggerated efforts to bar family members from entering his or her room or being secretive about where he or she goes with friends; or drastic changes in behavior and in relationships with family and friends
- Money issues — S
uddenrequests for money without a reasonable explanation; or your discovery that money is missing or has been stolen or that items have disappeared from your home, indicating maybe they’re being sold to support drug use.
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The Real Problems With Drug Types
Meth, Cocaine, and Stimulants
Stimulants include amphetamines, meth (methamphetamine), cocaine, methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, others) and amphetamine-dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Adderall XR, others). They are often used and misused in search of a “high,” or to boost energy, to improve performance at work or school, or to lose weight or control appetite.
- Feeling of exhilaration and excess confidence
- Increased alertness
- Increased energy and restlessness
- Behavior changes or aggression
- Rapid or rambling speech
- Dilated pupils
- Confusion, delusions and hallucinations
- Irritability, anxiety or paranoia
- Changes in heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature
- Nausea or vomiting with weight loss
- impaired judgment
- Nasal congestion and damage to the mucous membrane of the nose (if snorting drugs)
- Mouth sores, gum disease and tooth decay from smoking drugs (“meth mouth”)
- HIV and Hepatitis due to sharing of injection needles
- Depression as the drug wears off
Opioids are narcotic, painkilling drugs produced from opium or made synthetically. This class of drugs includes, among others, heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone
Sometimes called the “opioid epidemic,” addiction to opioid prescription pain medications has reached an alarming rate across the United States. Some people who’ve been using opioids over a long period of time may need physician-prescribed temporary or long-term drug substitution during treatment.
- Reduced sense of pain
- Agitation, drowsiness or sedation
- Slurred speech
- Problems with attention and memory
- Constricted pupils
- Lack of awareness or inattention to surrounding people and things
- Problems with coordination
- Runny nose or nose sores (if snorting drugs)
- Needle marks (if injecting drugs)
Club drugs are commonly used at clubs, concerts, and parties. Examples include ecstasy or molly (MDMA), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), flunitrazepam (Rohypnol ― a brand used outside the U.S. ― also called roofie) and ketamine. These drugs are not all in the same category, but they share some similar effects and dangers, including long-term harmful effects.
Due to the possibility of GHB and flunitrazepam can cause sedation, muscle relaxation, confusion and memory loss, the potential for sexual misconduct or sexual assault is associated with the use of these drugs.
- Dilated pupils
- Chills and sweating
- Involuntary shaking (tremors)
- Behavior changes
- Muscle cramping and teeth clenching
- Muscle relaxation, poor coordination or problems moving
- Reduced inhibitions
- Heightened or altered sense of sight, sound and taste
- Poor judgment
- Memory problems or loss of memory
- Reduced consciousness
- Increased or decreased heart rate and blood pressure
Why an Intervention?
People struggling with addiction usually deny that their drug use is problematic and are reluctant to seek treatment. An intervention presents a loved one with a structured opportunity to make changes before things get even worse and can motivate someone to seek or accept help.
An intervention should be carefully planned and may be done by family and friends in consultation with a doctor or professional such as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, or directed by an intervention professional. It involves family and friends and sometimes co-workers, clergy or others who care about the person struggling with addiction.
During the intervention, these people gather together to have a direct, heart-to-heart conversation with the person about the consequences of addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment.