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Signs Of Addiction And How To Seek Help
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Signs Of Addiction And How To Seek Help

Alcoholism and drug addiction profoundly affect not only the addict, but also the lives of their family, friends and business associates. Often friends, family or colleagues, encourage addicts to get into treatment or attend a 12-step recovery group. The disease of addiction is characterized by denial. It takes a significant effort to get a "using" addict or alcoholic to recognize their addiction and the toll it is taking on their friends and family.

Addicts and alcoholics, their friends or family members, as well as individuals experiencing periodic difficulties with drugs or alcohol are welcomed to call drug rehab and alcohol treatment centers for a free anonymous consultation. If you think a loved one may be using a substance like: alcohol, prescription pills, heroin or other opiates, crystal meth (meth amphetamine), cocaine or crack addiction counselors can setup an intervention or assist with an assessment.

Addiction clinics provides expert evaluation, assessment, and diagnosis to help determine if care is required and at what level. Residential treatment does not fit for everyone. There are many options available including an outpatient program, sober living, group therapy, individual therapy, 12 Step meetings or sober assistants and companions. The best approach is to individualize care based on each individual’s needs because every individual is different in how they respond to addiction treatment.

There are several different signs and symptoms that suggest an individual may likely have a problem with substance abuse or alcohol. Identifying an addiction during the early stages is vital since quite often the quicker the condition is diagnosed, the better the chances of minimizing or preventing the damage caused as a result of the addiction.

Alcoholism and other addictions tend to progress in young people at a much faster rate than in adults. Interventions are becoming more common; many interventions are occurring before the person has suffered financial loss, health problem or arrest. Some of the warning signs can include appetite loss, insomnia, fatigue, red eyes, large pupils, hyperactivity, sweating, tremors and extreme mood swings it is important to seek professional assistance. An early intervention may save a life.

Chemical dependency has become a huge problem for employers in the workplace, negatively impacting workers productiveness and costing "billions" in lost revenue. Some of the workplace signs of addiction include a change in job performance, high rates of absenteeism, and the same signs mentioned above.

Drug replacement therapy like in the case of suboxone maintenance to kick a bad opiate habit is on the rise too, but the problem is the suboxone replacement drug that users start taking to get over more potent opiates can be addictive too, as a result suffering from related suboxone withdrawal similar to other opiates.

The very first step in implementing an intervention is selecting an experienced interventionist. For a current list of professional interventionists throughout the US that you can work with, contact an addiction treatment center.

When the request for an intervention is placed, individualized drug treatment plans are developed. There are many options of treatment for an individual with an addictive disorder. Depending on the severity of the addiction and a person's health, family and business obligations it’s possible to provide a high level of healthcare without damaging the other areas of life.

Drug and alcohol dependency is a disease that affects not just the addict but the entire family. The consequences are far reaching and extend to everyone in the immediate family as a result of a loved one's drug addiction or alcoholism. Studies show that treatment is stronger and more effective when family members are involved in the treatment process. A family program provides a foundation of support and practical tools to empower the family and loved ones as they journey the path of recovery with their loved one.


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