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Struggling with an Addiction in the Family

Do you have a son or daughter who is struggling with addiction? Here’s how to get them help.

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  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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:

  • 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. 

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To enable, to be an enabler, to engage in enabling, these are all one and the same the single most dangerous and damaging things that a person can do to an adult or teen child who is using and abusing drugs and alcohol. This is the sad truth of the matter. When a parent enables their son or daughter, the effectively help their son or daughter to continue to abuse drugs and alcohol. 

When a parent enables a kid, they take actions that they think are helping the addict when really they are just making it so that the addict can go on continuing to abuse drugs and alcohol. When they do this they actually hurt their kids immensely. When a parent enables their kid, they do things like:

  1. Give the kid money for “food”
  2. Help pay the kid’s “rent”
  3. Give the kid a place to say
  4. Give the kid food, clothes, water, etc.
  5. Give the kid a phone
  6. Lend the kid a car
  7. Help the kid get a job

All of these actions are terrible mistakes for a parent to do for a drug or alcohol addicted adult kid. The key factor here is that:

  • “When a parent does anything at all that in any way improves the quality of life of the addicted son or daughter they are enabling that addict and they are preventing the addict from hitting rock bottom.”

The thing with addiction is that, as long as an addict can have an okay or a passable life while abusing drugs and alcohol, they will never decide to get help and to stop abusing drugs or alcohol. This is the, “Rock Bottom Law.” This law indicates that a drug or alcohol addict must hit rock bottom before they become willing to get help for a drug or an alcohol problem, and an addict who is getting helped and enabled by their parents will never hit rock bottom and will die from an overdose before they decide to get help for their drug or alcohol problem.

The key approach that parents of addicted sons or daughters must do is apply tough love. They must completely cut their addicted sons or daughters off and absolutely refuse to help them in any way that is not immediately conducive to getting them into a treatment center. When parents do this, they actually are doing their part towards getting their addicted loved one the help that they need.

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