Find the resources you need to get your loved one help.
Opioid and addiction resources:
OPIOID ADDICTION RESOURCES
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, more than 254 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.
COCAINE & AMPHETAMINES
Someone misusing cocaine or other amphetamines, can seem extremely talkative, alert, and may eat and
Hallucinogens are a large class of illegal drugs. Some varieties of hallucinogens are found in nature, including psilocybin mushrooms and peyote. Man-made hallucinogens include; ecstasy, molly, LSD and angel dust.
Alcohol is a depressant that slows down the central nervous system. This can lead to an individual feeling relaxed, having increased self confidence, lowered inhibitions, feelings of anger, or joyfulness.
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs prescribed by doctors to treat many conditions, like anxiety and seizures. Common benzodiazepines include alprazolam (Xanax®), clonazepam (Clonipin®), and diazepam (Valium®).
Marijuana is commonly referred to as pot, weed and Mary Jane.
It is dried flowers and leaves from the hemp plant. Marijuana can also be
concentrated into a resin (hashish), or hash oil, which are more potent.
It’s important for families of those affected by addiction to get support.
Learning that your loved one is using drugs is very scary. You will have many questions and concerns throughout the journey. It is important for you to know that you are not alone. Addiction is an overwhelming, scary, confusing, disease, but there is hope! With help and treatment, recovery is possible.
Addiction doesn’t happen overnight and can’t be expected to be cured overnight. It is important to reach out to get help for yourself or a loved one as soon as possible. Over time, addiction puts one’s health, safety, finances, and relationships at risk. Here are a few warning signs to look for:
ADDICTION SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Changes in mood, attitude and motivation
Sudden weight loss
Poor performance and/or absence at school or work
Secretive or sneaky behavior
An unexplained increase in spending money
Finding drug paraphernalia. Including; lighters, spoons, needles, shortened straws, squares of tin foil.
Bloodshot eyes or enlarged pupils
Trembling, sweating hands
Changes in sleeping habits
Missing money and/or missing expensive items
Withdrawing physically and emotionally from family
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS GUIDANCE, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL LISTEN AND HELP YOU.
Reach out to a family member, trusted teacher, coach, neighbor, someone at your church, a counselor, or reach out to one of the national helplines listed below.
The moment you reach out, share, and begin talking with someone, is the moment you are closer to helping yourself find the solution to your problem. Realizing you are not alone is important.
Resources for family and individual support
Support for those facing alcohol or Substance Use Disorder (SUD):
Heroin Anonymous (HA) http://www.heroinanonymous.org/
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) http://na.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Information and local meeting locator - www.aa.org
If you need information on treatment and where you can find it:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - has developed step-by-step guides for people with loved ones who might have an addiction problem, or for people seeking to help themselves. They are in a simple, "Q and A" format, and include easy-to-understand videos. These guides focus on the steps needed to determine if a person needs treatment; how to find it; what happens in treatment, privacy guidelines, how to find financial help and more.
The guides are customized into 4 categories:
1. For teens seeking help. 2. For adults seeking help. 3. For parents or guardians seeking help and for their teen or young adult child. 4. For people trying to help an adult loved one.
FAMILY MEMBERS NEED SUPPORT:
• Al-Anon Family Groups www.al-anon.org
• Alateen www.alateen.org
• Adult Children of Alcoholics www.adultchildren.org
• For a pastoral counseling center in your community, visit www.aapc.org
• SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP. www.fndtreatment.samhsa.gov
• National Association for Children of Alcoholics www.nacoa.org
• National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence www.ncadd.org