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How To Approach Someone With A Prescription Drug Addiction

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Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction has become a growing concern for Americans across the nation. While most individuals begin their prescription drug use as a doctor prescribed. However, as you attempt to manage the day-to-day stressors or difficult emotions, the allure of escape from drug abusers can lead someone to begin to abuse prescription drugs. If you are concerned about your abuse of prescription drugs or a loved one’s addiction to drugs, there are some common signs and indicators to be aware of including: 

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  • Inability to take care of yourself physically often results in a decrease in personal hygiene, physical health, and day-to-day responsibilities
  • Lack of interest in activities or hobbies that once brought you joy 
  • Experiencing changes or conflicts in relationships with loved ones due to your substance abuse 
  • Financial concerns due to your addictive behaviors 
  • Lying or hiding your patterns of abuse of prescription drugs 
  • Poor performance or neglecting responsibilities within your work, school, or family commitments 
  • Isolating from loved ones 
  • Changes or decline in mental health issues
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking drugs 
  • Having strong urges or cravings for drugs and alcohol when you aren’t taking drugs 

How To Help Someone With Prescription Drug Addiction

If you are concerned about a loved one’s addiction to prescription drugs, you know you want to do something to support your loved ones in overcoming their addiction to drugs and alcohol. Knowing the right steps to take can feel overwhelming if you aren’t sure of how best to help someone overcome addiction. The following are some tips to help you support your family and friends struggling with prescription drug addiction in California to seek treatment. 

  • Seek information and education about substance use disorders. Understanding the complexities of drugs and alcohol addiction will help you in understanding your loved ones’ addictive behaviors, the impact it has had on their life, and understanding drug and alcohol addiction risk factors.  
  • Offer your loved ones your support to seek treatment. Living with substance use disorders can make someone feel as though they are alone when struggling with addiction. By informing your family and friends that are struggling with addiction that you are there for them and care for their wellbeing, you will provide an open line of communication so that they can reach out for help when they are ready to seek treatment. 
  • Provide your loved ones with encouragement to seek treatment.
  • Be prepared to provide information on various drug addiction treatment facilities that can provide your loved ones with the levels of care that they need to successfully overcome their substance use disorders. 
  • Provide your family and friends with ongoing support and care. Recovering from drugs and alcohol addiction is a lifelong commitment and your loved ones will need your ongoing support throughout the ups and downs of addiction recovery. 
  • Ensure that you take the time to take care of yourself. While you are ready to be there to support your loved ones in receiving effective treatment to overcome drug addiction, your needs and self-care also need to be placed at a high priority. Take the time you need for self-care and maintain your overall health and wellbeing. 

What to Avoid When Helping Someone With Addiction

In order to be present and supportive to your loved ones you are considering substance abuse treatment, here are a few tips for what to avoid: 

  • Preaching or lecturing your loved ones to seek treatment 
  • Engaging in arguments or conflict when your loved ones are taking drugs 
  • Using guilt trips or emotional appeal as a way to coerce your family and friends to go to a treatment facility 
  • Engaging in enabling behavior such as giving your loved one money or lying to them 
  • Attempting to help them by taking over their responsibilities or commitments 
  • Feeling responsible or to blame for your loved ones’ addictive behaviors. It is important to remember that their addictive behaviors are not your fault. 

Prescription Drug Rehab at Resurgence Behavioral Health

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand the complexity and individuality of each person living with substance use disorders. Our treatment plans are developed to be personalized to meet your individualized needs and goals for addiction treatment. With our comprehensive, whole-person integrated treatment approaches, you will be able to heal from the root causes of your addiction to drugs while developing the tools for life skills and relapse prevention methods that will support you in living in addiction recovery to have long-term success in sobriety. Contact Resurgence Behavioral Health today to hear more about the treatment plans we can create to help you safely and effectively overcome your substance abuse to propel you into the life of sober living you have wanted. 

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