|“No matter how far down the elevator you go, there’s only 12 Steps back to the top!”
~~J.D., April, 2011~~
|PARTNERS FOR PREVENTION IN ALLEGANY COUNTY
... A Drug Free Communities Coalition ...Recovery
I need help, where can I go to get help?
There are several ways you can get help. You can contact your local
substance abuse treatment center or clinic. There are also several
self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics
Anonymous (NA). These meetings are set up to support you through
recovery by people who are going through it themselves. It is
important to reach out to those around you who will provide support
and understancing as you begin recovery, such as parents, siblings,
trusted friends, teachers, or even another recovering addict or
alcoholic. There are also crisis hot-lines that are available.
|Frequently Asked Questions about the use of
Alcohol & Drugs
Am I an addict?
If your life has become unmanageable or turmoil surrounds yourself,
and it happens to be related to your substance use, there is a
possibility of addiction. Sometimes, we set out to do something in
moderation, and end up doing it excessively. Usually if there is a
problem, famiily and friends become concerned and they often can see
it before you do. Most addicts cannot follow through with their
responsibilities and often put substance before work, school, friends,
or family. Substance abuse can also cause you to make irrational
decisions such as lying, stealing, or even breaking the law.
Am I always going to be an addict?
Many believe "once an addict, always an addict." However, this does
not mean permanent abstinence cannot be achieved. Addiction is a
treatable disease. Though you will always have addictive attributes, by
working a program and taking the necessary steps in recovery you can
have a better life. It starts by admitting that you have a problem and
you need help.
|Questions from Parents or Loved Ones
How can I tell if he/shee is on drugs?
People who use drugs and alcohol tend to be less motivated, moody, acting
irregular, or their appearance changes drastically. Physically they could
have slurred speech, dilated pupils, or glassy eyes.
You may notice a change in behaviors that are different from the norm,
losing interest in activities and hobbies, keeping unsavory friends, and a
change in attitudes. They may act secretive and dishonest such as saying
they will be in one place and realy at another.
You may find money missing, or they are asking or borrowing money for
things more often. You know your loved one better than anyone, if you
notice any changes that causey ou to suspect that there is something wrong,
it is important to come out and ask them directly if they are using drugs.
Why does he/she behave that way?
Once drugs are introduced to the body, a person's mood and judgement are
altered which may cause them to act in irrational ways or make poor
decisions. Drugs and alcohol prevent them from thinking clearly. It is
important to understand that the chemical they are using changes the way they
perceive, how they act, and how they communicate. Every aspect of the
person is changed due to how the drug reacts in the body.
Is it my fault that my child is an addict?
No. The user is responsible for their own actions. When drugs are used
excessively, it is almost impossible to control the temptation and drive to use
teh addict or the parent has little control over the situation.
However, you may want to consider removing any alcohol and/or prescription
or over the counter drugs from their reach. And if you are a drinker or user
yourself, consider getting help or quitting your own behavior that could
influence a child's.
What can I do to help?
Talk to your child compassionately, and try not to argue. Show them
that you are concerned and that you are there for them. Love your
child unconditionally while maintaining healthy boundaries. Do not
enable them, which means don't make it easy for them to use or take
advantage of the situation in the home. Don't provide them any
money. Be a good role model yourself and discuss the importance of
honesty. Be supportive! Start connecting with people and services
that can help your child obtain sobriety. In addition, it is important to
get help for the whole family to promote a healthy environment for