Drug Addiction – What Is It?
The National Institution Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines drug addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
NIDA considers it a brain disease because drugs change the brain. In short, they change the brain’s structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting and can lead to many harmful, self-destructive, behaviors.
If someone you love is addicted to drugs they could exhibit a few of the following signs and symptoms:*
People may experience intense urges or cravings for the drug as their addiction develops.
Physical dependence to drugs can develop as people grow accustomed to the persistent presence and influence of the substance. Physiological changes leave people feeling bad or functioning sub-optimally when the drug is no longer in the system.
Over time and with prolonged use, people can build up a tolerance to the drug, meaning they need more of the drug to achieve the desired effects.
Withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can occur when people attempt to stop using abruptly or when they wean themselves off the drug gradually. These symptoms, known as withdrawal syndrome indicates that physiologic dependence is at play.
When an individual is addicted to drugs, he or she may do anything to obtain more of the substance. As are result, an addicted person may engage in risky behaviors. These behaviors include stealing, lying, engaging in unsafe sexual activity, selling drugs, or crimes that could land the person in jail.
People may spend excessive amounts of time and energy finding and get their drug of choice.
An individual may spend large amounts of money, drain the bank account, and go outside his/her budget in order to get the drug. This is a major red flag.
When someone chooses using or getting the drug over meeting work or personal obligations, this is a classic sign of addiction.
Develop unhealthy friendships:
Those who start using new substances may spend time with others who have similar habits. They may hang out with a new group of people who may encourage unhealthy habits.
Alternatively, they may withdraw and isolate themselves, hiding their drug use from friends and family. Some reasons for this may include perceived stigma or increased depression, anxiety, or paranoia as a result of their drug addiction.* NIDA
Drug Addiction’s Affect On The Whole Family
Drug addiction can be hugely devastating. It affects all aspects of a family’s life. As a result, relationships, finances, physical, emotional and mental health suffer.
Families can begin to feel helpless and hopeless. As relationships deteriorate with lies and manipulation, members can begin to pull away from the family. They can become resentful of each other, blaming others for enabling the problem. In short, the fabric of the fabric begins to unravel.
If this is happening in your family, it’s time for a drug addiction intervention for your loved one. Drug addiction interventions promise to set your family free to become whole again.
Our Approach to Drug Addiction Interventions
An addicted person is unable to see or assess the problem. An addicted mind can’t discern the solution. The solution must come from another perspective that sees the problem clearly. The key is that this other perspective must speak a language the addicted person can hear.
We at Whole Families Intervention Services help families like yours articulate a language that your loved one can both hear and understand. This language is one of compassion and care. When you family speaks in this language, your loved one will be more willing to accept treatment and recovery.
This language speaks with compassion and encouragement. Our highly trained and experienced interventionists help families re-connect with their own courage and tenacity. We help families come together and offer this strength and determination to each other.
Healing the Whole Family with Drug Addiction Intervention Services
Whole Families Intervention Services aims to bring healing to the whole family. We provide a caring, compassionate process to help families create healthy boundaries.
With dignity and respect, we invite your loved choose to seek treatment. This is done without the blame, shame and, guilt that often accompanies the disease.
First, we meet with you and your whole family. Secondly, we help you craft your own love language. Thirdly, we come together to invite your loved one to accept recovery. In the meantime, we empower each of you to begin your own journey toward recovery and balance. The end goal is to restore health and wholeness for the whole family.