Families often struggle to get a loved one into treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction. It is not easy to start a conversation about addiction, and many times the person struggling with addiction responds with excuses, anger, denial or minimization. A conversation can easily escalate to an argument where nothing is accomplished.
Danielle Guinaugh is the Clinical Director at Gulf Breeze Recovery, a non-12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab, and she specializes in addiction and trauma.
Many people abuse more than one substance and have what is commonly referred to as polysubstance or polydrug abuse. Sometimes people abuse different substances to intentionally create different reactions. Certain substances make them feel better or give them a “high”, while other substances cause sedation and help them relax or sleep.
Methamphetamine never received the notoriety or news attention that opioids did – at least not until recently. Now headlines from medical journals, government agencies, popular magazines to radio stations are screaming warnings about the dangers and increases in methamphetamine use.
The potential risk for overdose with these drugs cannot be overstated. It is important that people are educated to understand the risks involved and seek help if struggling with opioid addiction.
Julie speaks of her son with a touch of wonder in her voice, “I still can’t believe how great Jack is doing!” Her son completed the program at Gulf Breeze Recovery almost three years ago. All his adult life, and most of his adolescence had been a struggle both for him and his parents.
People with addiction issues come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Some individuals’ issues are easily recognizable and they can only thinly disguise their addiction. Other people hide their addictions very well, even to themselves – until they can’t anymore.
Tobacco and opioids become addictive more quickly than people originally believed. “I just use for fun, recreationally. Don’t worry, I won’t get addicted.” Maybe you have heard someone say this, …
Addiction is commonly believed to be a concern for teens or younger adults. Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t have an age or socioeconomic victim of choice. It crosses all ages, socioeconomic levels, gender and race. As it does so, older adults are commonly identified as being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.