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5 Problems children are exposed to with drug addicted parents

5 Problems children are exposed to with drug addicted parents

It is fairly common knowledge that drug addicts often lie to themselves and to others about their addiction problems.  But why do they do this?  It is safe to assume that at least part of the reason is because the addict himself cannot actually see the full extent of damaging effects that drug use has had on their health, relationships and life and they truly believe that drugs are helping them ...

How Fentanyl is Making the Opioid Crisis More Dangerous

How Fentanyl is Making the Opioid Crisis More Dangerous

In the 21st century, more different, singular problems with drug and alcohol addiction have come up and taken their toll on the nation than those which occurred in the last five decades of the 20th century.  The sad truth with drug and alcohol addiction is that substance abuse is simply a rapidly growing crisis issue in this nation today, one of which will surely only get much worse as more years go by if major action is not taken to address it.  

Rehabilitation for an Addiction to Hallucinogens

Rehabilitation for an Addiction to Hallucinogens

When people use and abuse hallucinogens, they set themselves up for failure instantly because they invite some very harsh and difficult struggles upon themselves.  Realistically, this creates a very difficult and unpleasant situation for them, and they will need help in the form of a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center and recovery program for their addictions.

How to Prevent your Young Adult Child from Overdosing on Prescription Drugs

How to Prevent your Young Adult Child from Overdosing on Prescription Drugs

When a parent has to face the music that they have a son or daughter who is addicted to prescription drugs then there is a few things that they need to do. First of all, they should be very concerned with getting their addicted son or daughter into a treatment center. That needs to be the first priority. However, while putting in consistent effort to get the son or daughter into a treatment center, they also need to be putting in consistent effort to prevent the son or daughter from overdosing on prescription drugs. Prescription drugs create the greatest likelihood of overdose of all substances that young adults abuse. So, parents need to take the necessary actions to try to prevent this from occurring. Some tips for preventing your son or daughter from overdosing on prescription drugs are:

Is Your Loved One at Risk for a Sedative Overdose

Is Your Loved One at Risk for a Sedative Overdose

Sadly, never before has the issue of addiction been as serious or as severe as it is now, and never before has there been as much cause for concern regarding it as there is now.  In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially labeled drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in the United States of America as being a full on epidemic. In the various “strata” if you will of problem classification, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction had never earned the title of epidemic before in our country until 2015.

What support options are available for parents of addicts

What support options are available for parents of addicts

It is not difficult at all to see how damaging drug or alcohol use is to the individual using these substances.  They often suffer extensively physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually as a result of their relationship with and dependence upon drugs or alcohol in ways that are quite obvious not only to family members and friends, but also to co-workers and sometimes even complete stranger...

Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl addiction is of course the big fear that anyone has regarding Fentanyl and regarding taking the drug.  Fentanyl addiction would lead to risks of Fentanyl abuse which would lead to a need for Fentanyl addiction treatment.

Hallucinogen Overdose Prevention: How to Protect a Loved One

Hallucinogen Overdose Prevention: How to Protect a Loved One

At Parents Speak Out Against Addiction, our goal for some time now has been to provide the best possible information and data to the family members and loved ones of drug and alcohol addicts.  We understand and we know just how bad drug and alcohol addiction can be for the family members and loved ones of addicts, and just how difficult life can be when people struggle with substance abuse habits and issues. 

A lot of people do not know this but the effect that substance abuse has on the family members and loved ones of those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol is significant to say the least.  This is to say that substance abuse is often just as much of a problem for the family members and loved ones of addicts as it is for the addicts themselves. 

Social media’s glorification of addiction: what to tell your kids

Social media’s glorification of addiction: what to tell your kids

Although addiction has been a problem for centuries, it continues to boom even more so in our contemporary society.  In many ways, addiction has become even easier to fall into these days.  With the increase in the amount of prescriptions, legalized marijuana, college partying accepted as normal, and the glorification of addiction through social media, addiction has become much more mainstream t...

Guide to Preventing a Loved One from Overdosing on Meth

Guide to Preventing a Loved One from Overdosing on Meth

There are a couple of problems that plague our country today and that cause problems and difficulties up one side of the nation and down the other. No one is questioning or doubting that fact. It would seem that substance abuse and addiction is something that just gets worse and worse as the years go by, and this is very true. When speaking of problems, this is without a doubt one of the worst that the nation currently faces. Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is something that becomes more concerning and becomes more problematic as the years go by, culminating into a problem the likes of which has never been seen before until now.

Alcohol Overdoses: Why They Happen and How You Can Prevent Them

Alcohol Overdoses: Why They Happen and How You Can Prevent Them

Substance abuse is without a doubt one of the most serious problems in this country at this time. Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is a difficult issue to say the least, and can and should be worked on to help people in their efforts to experience a simple and in fact stabilizing, recovered life. Drug and alcohol addiction creates ongoing difficulties and other problems. The crisis that is addiction is one that gets people into the mindset that there is nothing that they can do to effectively get rid of the problem.

Sedative Overdose

Sedative Overdose

The horrible manifestation of a sedative overdose is becoming more and more common every year, so therefore preventing a sedative overdose or making sure a loved one does not end up overdosing on sedatives is a first priority.  First, before we talk about how to prevent a sedative overdose, lets get a list written up of the kinds of sedatives that people do typically speaking overdose on, so the reader can have an idea of what to look for.  This list is for the three most common kinds of sedatives, i.e. barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and general anesthetics:

Signs of Meth Overdose

Signs of Meth Overdose

Should an adult child be at risk of a meth overdose, parents are going to want to know the signs of meth overdose. A meth overdose puts a person at a serious health risk. When parents ask how do you overdose on meth, it is actually quite simple. Meth is a very strong drug, and if a young adult or teen takes just a little bit more than they should, an overdose is likely to occur. The signs of a meth overdose are:

Prescription Drug Overdose

Prescription Drug Overdose

Prescription drug overdose.  Young adults need to avoid prescription drugs like the plague, or overdose on prescription pills and signs of prescription drug overdose are sure to follow. First of all, 99% of the time they don't even need them.

Signs and Symptoms of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Signs and Symptoms of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Parents need to be able to know what to look for when trying to determine if their teen is using prescription drugs or not.  Some of the signs that a teen in the home has been using and abusing prescription drugs are things like:

Fentanyl Overdoses

Fentanyl overdoses are very common, more common per capita for those who take this drug than other drugs because fentanyl is simply so much stronger as drugs go, and is more potent and more likely to cause a death.  Fentanyl overdose symptoms are very much like overdose symptoms, only more pronounced.  For example, signs that one could be nearing a Fentanyl overdose death are signs like:

Help for parents of drug addicts

Help for parents of drug addicts

Aside from the death of a child, there is perhaps nothing worse for a parent than to have a child, teen, adolescent, or young adult who becomes addicted to drugs.  With how prevalent drug abuse now is amongst the nation’s youth, this fear keeps parents up at night.  Drug abuse is more dangerous in children, teens, and young adults than it is in older adults, and young individuals are more like...

Why parents of addicts need to prioritize self-care

Why parents of addicts need to prioritize self-care

Addiction can affect far more than just the individual that is struggling with the drug or alcohol.  It produces hellacious effects upon many different areas of the person’s life, one area being the family dynamic, and largely parents in particular.  When parents of addicts, especially younger addicts, see their child struggling they want to do everything they can to help them. A parent car...

Addiction Help

Addiction Help

Few things can trouble a parent as much as a young son or daughter who is abusing drugs and alcohol. This very real and very current problem strikes tens of millions of parents every year. Millions of youngsters between the ages of twelve and twenty-four are addicted to drugs and alcohol, and hundreds of thousands more become addicted every single year. And many parents are left wondering how to help someone with a drug addiction?

Guide to Preventing Overdoses Amid the Prescription Drug Epidemic

Guide to Preventing Overdoses Amid the Prescription Drug Epidemic

Some have called this the greatest medical conspiracy of the 21st century.  Some have called it the greatest medical farce in the entire history of our nation.  No matter what adjectives are allotted to it, what remains is that prescription drugs are some of the most serious things to ever happen to us.

New Year’s Addiction Warning Signs: Spotting Addiction with a Family Member

New Year’s Addiction Warning Signs: Spotting Addiction with a Family Member

Did you know that 90 percent of addicts are people we deal with on a daily basis? 

Fentanyl Overdose

Fentanyl Overdose

Fentanyl overdose.  That is the biggest concern and probably the top worry that anyone who has been taking Fentanyl or who knows someone who is taking it will be concerned about.  

Fentanyl Overdoses:  Protecting Your Family from This Deadly Drug

Fentanyl Overdoses: Protecting Your Family from This Deadly Drug

Substance abuse has unfortunately been a growing issue and problem in this country, one of which has shown no sign of dropping down or getting any better any time soon.  Substance abuse and addiction has truly become a more concerning crisis factor in this country and will undoubtedly become even more concerning and more problematic as the years go by, creating difficult problems and worries left and right.  

Fentanyl Overdoses: How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms

Fentanyl Overdoses: How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms

With all of the different types of substances that are abused in this day and age, the medical drugs are often the worst, based off of the negative and harsh effects that they cause on people in spite of the fact that they are made with the intention of helping people to triumph over even the most harsh and difficult of health problems.  Drug and alcohol abuse is a truly vicious and upsetting thing, and it is even more harsh and problematic when it is done with prescription drugs, particularly with very powerful prescription drugs like Fentanyl. 

Opioid Use & The Holidays: How to Spot the Problem with Your Son or Daughter

Opioid Use & The Holidays: How to Spot the Problem with Your Son or Daughter

Opioids, originally used for treating pain, are designed to imitate the effects of opiates from the opium poppy plant. Opioids are great for treating patients who are injured or for those who need surgery, but they are also famous for being addictive, especially without a prescription by teens.

How to Protect Your Family from Fentanyl

How to Protect Your Family from Fentanyl

When all of the cards are on the table, Fentanyl is just making the opiate crisis in this nation that much more severe and worrisome for all involved.  True enough, Fentanyl has absolutely no business being behind our drug store’s counters and within easy reach of millions of Americans.  The drug is just making the opiate crisis worse because people get addicted to it in tandem with other opiates and the problem just skyrockets and snowballs from there on out.

Cocaine Overdose Symptoms, What Parents can Do

Cocaine Overdose Symptoms, What Parents can Do

Cocaine overdose symptoms and signs of a cocaine overdose are very, very plain. Overdosing on cocaine is very easy to do, and it is something that parents worry about constantly. There are several signs of a cocaine overdose. If a parent sees these, they need to get their son or daughter to a hospital immediately:

5 Signs Your Teen is Abusing Stimulants

5 Signs Your Teen is Abusing Stimulants

Sixty percent of college students say it’s easy to obtain prescription stimulants without a prescription and 50 percent of college students who are diagnosed with ADHD felt pressure to share their prescription with others, of which 27 percent have shared them.

5 Ways parents can help prevent underage drinking in teens

5 Ways parents can help prevent underage drinking in teens

Parents of teenagers are always concerned about the dangers that their children may fall into.  One of such that can be a major concern is underage drinking.  Underage drinking is a situation that can include a great many dangers along with it, so it is important for parents to discuss this with their children.  This way they can help to curb the amount of it, or stop it from occurring in gener...

How to Deal with an Alcoholic Adult or Teen Child

How to Deal with an Alcoholic Adult or Teen Child

Having an addicted adult or teen child who can’t stop drinking is most parent’s worst nightmare. When this happens, parents really struggle a lot, and they feel as though they simply can’t do anything about the problem or the habit. When parents experience this, their hearts break and their resolve breaks too.

Guide to Helping Your Addicted Child Without Enabling

Guide to Helping Your Addicted Child Without Enabling

Drug and alcohol addiction is sadly one of the most concerning crisis factors in our nation to date, one of which does need to be addressed sooner rather than later if an effective change and an actual positive difference is going to be had for those who struggle with this problem.  

Can You Overdose on Alcohol?

Can You Overdose on Alcohol?

Can you overdose on alcohol? This is of course always the most commonly asked question by parents and regarding alcohol. It is true to say that alcohol addiction is a grim and terrible habit, and what is even more concerning than that too is that yes, people can and often do overdose on alcohol.

Symptoms of Hallucinogen Overdose

Symptoms of Hallucinogen Overdose

Now that the reader has an idea of just how bad drug and alcohol addiction has gotten in this country, this article will focus on hallucinogens.  Overdose on hallucinogens goes hand in hand of course with hallucinogen overdose prevention and the efforts that people take to help people beat drug and alcohol addiction once and for all and for good.  The symptoms of hallucinogen overdose are pretty straight forward, but a person does need to know them to be able to recognize them effectively and easily.

Heroin Overdose

Heroin Overdose

Obviously, the biggest concern that parents have when it comes to heroin is that their teen or adult child is going to experience a heroin overdose on it, which is a very realistic and very understandable fear. When a parent is having to deal with this problem, it is absolutely mind numbing. They have to live in constant fear that their child will overdose and there is a very realistic one in eight chance that that will happen if the kid used heroin once; it’s a one in four chance if the kid is now chronically using.

Welcome to our Blog: Struggling with Addiction in the Family

Welcome to our Blog: Struggling with Addiction in the Family

Addiction in the family is a cross to bear that should be wished on no family. There are few things that can tear apart and ruin a family like addiction can when it is amongst one or more of the family members. The saddest aspect to this is perhaps just how seriously prevalent it is.

  • There are close to twenty-four million Americans who are addicted to drugs and alcohol in this country...
Are Parents Enabling Drug Behavior in Their Adult Child

Are Parents Enabling Drug Behavior in Their Adult Child

There is no doubt that drug and alcohol addiction has now become a serious factor in society, one of which that needs to be taken under close speculation and addressed with a lot more intensity than is currently being brought to bear on the problem at this time. Drug and alcohol addiction has many different facts and statistics that go along with it, and it would seem like the family members and loved ones of addicts create an effect or play a role in drug user’s substance abuse problem in all of these areas:

Drug Addiction Enabling Warning Signs

Drug Addiction Enabling Warning Signs

Sadly, drug and alcohol addiction is certainly now a very serious and harmful issue that seems to only get worse and worse as the years go by with no clear sign of any of these issues getting any better any time soon either.  The drug and alcohol addiction problems are now a lot worse than they used to be too.

5 Things parents of drug addicts need to know

5 Things parents of drug addicts need to know

Finding out their child is struggling with an addiction can be one of the most heartbreaking things for a parent to hear.  It can be a moment of confusion, despair, and guilt.  The reality is that while finding this out can be a tumultuous mix of emotions, there is not always blame to be placed on parents.  A family home can be full of love and care and still have a child fall into addiction...

Heroin Overdose Prevention: 5 Signs Your Loved One is at Risk

Heroin Overdose Prevention: 5 Signs Your Loved One is at Risk

No one is in mystery any more about the fact that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is a rising and steadily concerning problem, one of which causes problems and difficulties that themselves need to be addressed too. When all of the cards are on the table, drug and alcohol addiction is on the rise and has been for almost two decades now too.

4 Ways to respond to your child about marijuana legalization

4 Ways to respond to your child about marijuana legalization

Marijuana has been within a legislative quandary for many years.  There have been debates back and forth as to whether it should be legalized or not.  While it is still considered illegal federally, some states have begun to legalize it within their borders.

IMPORTANCE OF TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT MARIJUANA

With marijuana being legalized in a few states, many parents are wondering h...

How to Prevent a Sedative Overdose

How to Prevent a Sedative Overdose

The first thing you need to know about preventing a sedative overdose is that you need to be able to recognize the symptoms of an overdose.  If you know how to tell the signs, you will be instantly several times more competent and capable for helping a person who might be consuming the above substances:

Children of drug addicted parents: What to do

Children of drug addicted parents: What to do

Drug and alcohol addiction destroys relationships every day: Trust and communication breakdown, and it becomes untenable to continue the partnership. But what if there was no choice to stay or to go? This is the lot of children growing up in families with addicts as caregivers.

 

Support

Support

Nothing tears a family apart quite like drug and alcohol abuse amongst the young adults of that family, unless perhaps it is a death inthe family and that is often the case with drug and alcohol abuse anyway. The human family is perhaps the most tightly knit unit between individuals that there can be. Granted this is not true one-hundred percent across the boards, but the gist is generally speaking the same. For the most part, there are few groups that are closer than the family group is.

Parents and Enabling: Why They do it

Parents and Enabling: Why They do it

There is no doubt at this point that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction has risen to a point of being very serious and concerning in this country and creating an issue that is very upsetting and traumatic to say the least. This is now a situation that will probably only get worse and worse as the years go by unless major action is done to fully do something about it. 

Signs of an Alcohol Overdose

Signs of an Alcohol Overdose

The signs of alcohol overdose are there to be watched out for, and the effects of alcohol overdose are so grim and so bad that most people agree that triumphing over this habit with the help of an official treatment center is without a doubt the wisest course of action.

Meth Abuse and Young Adults

Meth Abuse and Young Adults

Now, meth has made a resurgence in this country after it was all but gotten rid of many years ago. People between the ages of 16 and 34 are now more likely to abuse this drug than they ever were before. This does not bode well for the future of our generation now that the most addictive drug in the world is becoming more and more prevalent in society each and every year.

Cocaine Overdoses: How to Protect Your Addicted Loved One

Cocaine Overdoses: How to Protect Your Addicted Loved One

One of the biggest problems with substance abuse in this country that has been going on for the longest stretch of time has been with cocaine abuse and addiction. Cocaine has been around for thousands of years and was used by South American indigenous peoples as a medicine and a stimulant. It was discovered there by Spanish conquistadors and was brought to Europe, and then eventually was brought back to United States in the 1800s. For the longest time, cocaine was actually thought to be helpful, it was even sold as a medicine in Europe and the United States. It actually wasn't until the 1900s that the fact that people could get addicted to it could no longer be overlooked and the drug was finally banned and made illegal.

Alcoholic

Alcoholic

Do you have a friend or a family member in your life who is an alcoholic? Are you worried that you might be an enabler?  Do you know if you enable your alcoholic or not?  Luckily, there are ways to tell if one is an enabler or not and if so, there are ways to address the manifestation of enabling in a person. 

The Role Parents Must Play in Preventing Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

The Role Parents Must Play in Preventing Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Since the turn of the century, drug and alcohol addiction has presented itself as being without a doubt one of the most concerning and problematic issues in this nation, one of which needs to be addressed and dealt with sooner rather than later.  True enough, substance abuse has risen to the point of being a full on and legitimate epidemic in this country, one of which has a lot of people worried and rightly so.  

Why Parents Enable Their Addicted Adult Children

Why Parents Enable Their Addicted Adult Children

There is no doubt any more that drug and alcohol addiction has truly gotten to be a very serious issue in this country.  Just a few years ago the President of the United States in his State of the Union Address listed drug and alcohol addiction as being the number one most concerning health-related problem that the United States was faced with.  He also listed it on the top ten list of most concerning problems in this nation in general too.

Experiences with Drug Addiction

Experiences with Drug Addiction

The purpose of this article is to share my knowledge and firsthand experiences is dealing with family members, friends and others who have struggled or are struggling with drug dependency.  The details in this article are written from the perspective of a father, family member, and educator.  My years as an educator include experiences as a teacher, coach, and administrator at all levels.  My formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctorate.

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