ARE THEY USING?
DON’T get caught in the “not my kid” syndrome. The earlier you identify the issue, the better chance you have of getting into recovery that lasts. The deeper into addiction they fall, the more challenging recovery.
RV’s Top 3 Rules –
- Trust your gut. It is telling you something for a reason. Don’t attempt to “logic” your way into what you want to be true.
- Don’t be afraid to be right. Set aside all your fears, opinions and biases and get to the point. It is their life. What is it worth to save it?
- Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Show them that you are paying attention and that you care. It is a choice between potentially being wrong and being right and doing nothing about it.
The most critical warning sign is CHANGE OF
BEHAVIOR. If their behavior has changed, something in their world is different and you need to know what that is. It may be drugs, bullying, depression, bad grade or a bad day, but something is off and the longer it goes on, the more perilous it could become. If your gut, your head, your eyes, your family or your friends tell you their behavior is different, start looking for other signs. Put the puzzle together. They are depending on YOU.
Download our warning signs PDF. You may be overwhelmed at the number of indicators, but these steps may help;
- Every drug has its own symptoms
- Opiates hallmarks are drowsiness, dozing, slow breathing and pin point pupils.
- Drugs like cocaine create “hyper-speed” activities
- Missing money or things from the home are common among all drugs
- Can’t hide these signs of use no matter how hard they try;
- Pupils; either dilated or pin point
- Speech patterns will be abnormal; either accelerated or very slow and slurred
- Coordination; either walking, arm motions or the use of their hands will be affected
TIME CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH – DON’T DELAY! ANSWER THE QUESTION
Getting treatment is the starting point to recovery. It is not an answer or the cure, but it is a critical first step. Here are a few key thoughts and resources for getting treatment:
Finding a treatment facility can be a daunting task. It is often hit or miss based on the capacity of the agency on that day. Finding treatment consists of two parts: finding treatment and finding good treatment.
FINDING TREATMENT –
Simply put finding treatment is usually a manual effort requiring many phone calls and a touch of luck. However, when an addict is ready to go to treatment, we don’t have the luxury of time as they may change their mind or just use again. Below are two resources to help find an available bed quickly;
Bed Finders in Ohio
FINDING GOOD TREATMENT
Now this is another issue. While all treatment centers are not created equal, most are good, and some are outstanding. We believe that the best treatment centers have continuity of care taking the addict through treatment AND post treatment support including options for living, MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) family support and support groups. Some even provide opportunities to connect with education and job training and child support to assist with the recovery process. While we are huge proponents of THE LCADA WAY, Rosary Hall (Link to them on the partners page with their web site link located there) and a few others in northern Ohio, below is a great resource for selecting a treatment center.
Treatment Identification Resources
MAP Treatment Alignment; MAP has developed a model to align the outcomes of treatment centers in their network to the age, gender and drug of choice of the addict. As always, MAP continues to innovate for successful treatment.
Detox is not treatment. It is the gateway to treatment. Detox is the period of time before treatment is able to begin where the addict gets over the most painful part of withdrawal when they abruptly stop utilizing the drug. Detox is often aided by medication to manage the side effects Vital signs are monitored regularly. Detox is usually completed in a specialized facility that may or may not have a post-detox treatment option.
Can the detox at home? It is possible as detox, while painful, is usually not deadly. However, detoxification may be accompanied by reactions including seizures or other life risking responses If that choice is made, we strongly recommend incorporating the support of a medical professional.
In-patient treatment is a facility that the addict lives in 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for a prescribed period, usually determined by insurance.
IOP – INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT TREATMENT:
IOP is treatment that is attended five to six days per week, usually four to six hours per day. It is a less expensive, less detailed option for treatment, but does normally require attendance and drug testing.
MAT – MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT
THE ADDICT’S PLAN:
Many addicts believe that they know how to quit, and that a treatment facility is not needed. This has been proven an ineffective approach in 99% of the situations. It is generally an addict’s way to avoid treatment and to appease the family.
COST OF TREATMENT:
Every treatment facility has a different cost structure and each insurance company has a different payment methodology. Check with the insurance company to understand the treatment options, and remember, the best treatment facilities can assist you in this process, as well as assisting those not insured with Medicaid applications.
School based programs:
DRUG FREE CLUBS OF AMERICA provide a comprehensive, rewards-based program that encourages participation and sobriety. DFCA provides support from beginning to end, including education, parent support, student leadership and confidential testing. DFCA helps make the right choice easy for students.
PSYCHEMEDICS provide comprehensive drug testing programs for schools and parents. Because not all drug testing programs are the same, PSYCHEMEDICS utilizes a cheat-proof hair testing approach, and easy process and confidentiality is reporting results. PSYCHEMEDICS has school-based programs and also programs for individual high-school and college students.
We recommend a hair tests, then blood tests, then urine tests. Each are effective, but hair keeps a longer record of substance use. Every drug has a half-life, or the time it stays in the system. Detecting use in urine tests provides the shortest window of detection, while hair provides the longest. Additionally, many addicts have developed methods to beat urine tests including clouding the tests with other substances, using fake urine (even using hand warmers to make sure the fake urine is warm), or diluting the sample by ingesting large amounts of water. Hair avoids all traps.
Drug tests may be obtained in many locations:
- PSYCHEMEDICS offers individual testing as well as testing programs for college aged students.
- Medical Facility (Doctor, Urgent Care, Hospital)
- Treatment Center usually upon evaluation
- Testing Centers (web search for locations near you)
Because addiction is a family disease…
One of the most critical steps for any family dealing with addiction is a family support group. Addiction does not just impact the addict, its effect runs through parents and siblings alike, leaving long lasting and deeply impactful scars.
And Families Matter…
ROBBY’S VOICE family support group, FAMILY MATTERS, provides families a safe environment to gather, share, support and grow as we travel the path of addiction. FAMILY MATTERS bring a diverse group of subjects related to addiction forward through a variety of experienced speakers who understand addiction and care about the families impacted by it.
- Reduce the weight of stigma and the uncertainty of addiction
- Develop your recovery plan and build your boundaries
- Build a relapse protocol
- Protect your family and take your life back
FAMILY MATTERS provides an hour of education and an hour of support with each meeting. Follow us on FACEBOOK to learn about our subject matter for the week, and join us for one session or both; it is the first step of recovery for the family and the addict.
FAMILY MATTERS PLACES AND TIMES (please check back as we add new meetings)
Monday’s 6:00pm – 8:00pm Thursdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm
740 E Washington St, Suite 104 215 Wadsworth Road
Medina OH 44256 Wadsworth, OH 44281
There is a protocol for an overdose, but panic and fear often leave us paralyzed or unable to react to a perilous situation. Down load our Overdose Position card, hang it in an area you can grab it if needed, and give yourself the best chance to respond to the overdose.
REMEMBER – always call 911