Helping Loved Ones Fight Through Addiction
When someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol they may change, completely. Some people turn into compulsive liars, thieves, and criminals because of their addiction. Others simply change by hanging out with different people, isolating, and develop a different attitude. For example, a hard working college student who has a brother and family back home gets addicted to Xanax.
He started taking the drug to deal with the pressures of college and now he is hooked. Addiction and family roles are important to understanding. The kid may not be want to tell him family about his problem, after all, they spend a lot of money on his education. The addicted teen may feel going to rehab would waste a lot of money.
As a mother and/or father, it is important that your child knows he or she can always be honest with you. Addiction and family dynamics require the parents to be able to notice signs of addiction and also to have a plan if their child becomes addicted.
Signs of Addiction in Family Members
When someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol their moods, behaviors, personality and attitude can all change. It is important to know that some signs can be mistaken for natural teenage behavior. Understanding addiction and family roles may better prepare you for your next course of action if you believe your loved one is addicted. As a parent, your addiction and family role is to call your loved one out if you believe they are using, and then to be assertive and follow through with treatment. Many teens will attempt to manipulate their ways out of these situations, but it is important to understand this is the addiction speaking. When your loved one goes to rehab and has a clear sober mind, they will understand the path of destruction addiction was causing in his or her life. It is important that the parents remain firm on their decision and see to it that their loved one goes to get help. Here are some signs of addiction to look for if you suspect your loved one may be using.
- More instances of asking for money
- going out with new friends
- Staying out later than usual
- Change in appearance
- Poor hygiene
- Red eyes
- Frequent sniffing and runny nose
- Change in sleeping pattern
Addiction and Family: Getting Help
After you have enough evidence to assume your loved one has a problem, the next step is to have a conversation and get help. Addiction and family roles play an important role here as your loved one may listen to an uncle, brother, or grandparent over a parent. Understanding addiction and family roles will help prepare you if you ever have to confront an addicted loved one.
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