Drug Rehab: Helping a Family Member

Quite often it's family members or friends who notice the need for a loved one to enter drug rehab. Others see in us what we cannot see in ourselves, and this is especially true in alcohol and drug addiction where the main symptom is denial. The person struggling with alcohol or drug addiction is usually aware there's a problem but is unwilling to admit to it because then something has to be done about it. Helping loved ones admit they have a problem and enter drug rehab is not an easy position to be in. You will likely encounter resistance from your loved one who may resort to guilt, manipulation, bargaining and anger to convince you otherwise.

All too often your best intentions will get waylaid time and again, unless you have professional assistance.

SouthCoast Recovery has professional guidance available 24/7. We have intake coordinators who can assist you with any questions that you may have. We also have a professional interventionist who can help convince your loved one he or she needs drug rehab and take the pressure off you.

Signs of Drug Addiction that Require Drug Rehab

Drug addiction typically begins as recreational use in a social situation, usually with friends. The younger a person is when he or she starts drinking or using drugs, the more likely he or she will develop alcohol or drug addiction. Initially the feeling is enjoyable but over time it becomes a coping mechanism to handle life. Eventually one is unable to function without the alcohol or drug. This is a sign of drug addiction.

Young people especially are prone to alcohol or drug addiction. Reliance on chemicals to handle normal life pressures results in stunted emotional growth. Sudden changes in mood, disinterest in school, work or extracurricular activities and change in appearance can all signal drug use. Continued drug use can lead to involvement in risk-taking behaviors leading to trouble at school, work or with the authorities. These are all signs that drug abuse is spiraling into drug addiction.

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When Drug Addiction Requires Drug Rehab

Drug addiction requires drug rehab when an individual needs alcohol and drugs to function and the absence of either one results in withdrawal symptoms. Drugs that have a higher potential for drug addiction most often require a safe, medical detox in order to stabilize the body from dependency to abstinence. Drug rehab is necessary in order for a safe detox and the necessary education and support to successfully recover.

Alcohol – Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to detox from as the sudden absence of it from the body can result in seizures. Medical detox and drug rehab is recommended.

Benzodiazepines - Are prescription drug tranquilizers that operate on the Central Nervous System (CNS). They include alprazolam (Xanax®), chlordiazepoxide (Librium®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), diaxepam (Valium®), lorazepam (Ativan®). These drugs intended to produce a calming effect can cause drowsiness, loss of coordination and dizziness. Abrupt cessation of these drugs can also lead to seizure. Medical detox is recommended.

Club drugs include Ecstacy (E), Special K (Ketamine) – these drugs produce distortions of reality with a combined stimulant and hallucinogenic effect. Popular at “raves”, these drugs result in elevated heart rate, blood pressure and memory impairment.

Cocaine, crack-cocaine, crystal meth (crank, methamphetamines, speed) - Are all stimulants that operate on the Central Nervous System (CNS) resulting in high energy levels, rapid speech, decreased appetite, irritability, restlessness, insomnia and paranoia.

Hallucinogens - Include LSD, phencyclidine (PCP) and ketamine (special K) that result in hallucinations and distortions of reality. Flashbacks can occur years later.

Inhalants - Are fumes that create a high, including glue, paint, paint thinners, gasoline, nitrous oxide, and household aerosols. Continued use can lead to brain damage and seizures.

Opiods or opiate-based painkillers - Include prescription medications such as codeine, hydrodocodone (Vicodin®), methadone, morphine and oxycodone, which can produce similar effects to the street drug Heroin. Opiate-based drugs produce a euphoric and sedated effect in the user.

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Causes of Drug Addiction That Require Drug Rehab

There are as many theories for what causes drug addiction as there are for obesity, cancer and any other disease. Genetics, family dynamics, childhood or adult trauma all factor into an individual's susceptibility to drug addiction and the need for drug rehab. These factors may weigh into the reasons why one individual can use alcohol or drugs socially and another cannot. Eventually, continued use of any addictive substance is going to lead to drug addiction. Your body adapts to the environment in which it finds itself and continually subjecting it to an addictive substance will result in withdrawal symptoms when the drug is removed.

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Helping a Loved One Enter Drug Rehab at SouthCoast Recovery

SouthCoast Recovery has intake coordinators available to take your call 24/7. Our intake coordinators can help answer the questions you have about getting a loved one into drug rehab. We offer affordable, effective and comprehensive drug rehab treatment that is tailored to each individual's needs. Family and friends are encouraged to play an active role in their loved ones recovery. SouthCoast Recovery offers marriage and family counseling in addition to individual clinical therapy, drug and alcohol counseling and holistic therapies for overall well-being of mind, body and spirit. If your loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction and needs drug rehab, don't delay. Professional assistance is available now.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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