March 20, 2017
Is someone you know addicted?
If you are a parent, family member, friend, family member of a friend, co-worker, volunteer, teacher, or youth group leader, someone's behavior may make you question..
"Is that person impaired because of drugs or alcohol?"
"Just how serious is this?"
"Does this mean the person is addicted?"
"What will happen if the person stops taking drugs or drinking alcohol?"
"What resources will he or she need?"
"Will I be responsible now that I see this person needs help?"
"How can I offer help?"
When in this position you sometimes may feel ill-equipped and uneducated to handle the subject. Avoidance and denial are common feelings and the person consuming the substance(s) continues to think they are indestructible and the behavior doesn't change for the better.
There are many common myths that result in poor decisions about helping someone get treatment for their addiction. The most harmful one is that the addicted person must hit 'rock bottom' before receiving effective treatment. This myth is completely wrong and can lead to far worse resulting harm from delayed attention or treatment for the problem(s). See the following for more information on these common myths can be found at https://www.hbo.com/addiction/understanding_addiction/16_myths_of_addiction.html and http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/health/jaffe-addiction-myths/ .
To better prepare for if or when you find yourself in this circumstance - there is an easy-to-read article with relative links to a multitude of further resources that a Girl Scout troop shared with us recently: https://whitesandstampa.com/drug-detox-withdrawal-symptoms/ .
We hope that you find the above informative and links helpful. Let us know what you think and if you have any questions.
From a previous Blog, we also provided links to information on why teen addictions are more dangerous and why addictions are more likely to occur in this age group than any other in an interview with NPR with Dr. Frances Jensen.