I don’t often talk about myself in blogs, but I might be dead now if my mother hadn’t followed this advice: When a person on drugs wants help, don’t wait until even the next day to get it. Take them up on it then and there – you may not have another chance. It’s not easy for an addict to get to the point of agreeing to help. This time might be the last.
Eli Knowles got hooked on prescription drugs when he was 16. “In my high school all my friends were using them, all my friends, the basketball team, the football team.” Is drug testing the answer?
A lot of parents think they’d know if their kids were on drugs. And a lot of parents think that because they live in a good environment, their kids aren’t even going to be offered drugs. But Eli lived in Vermont – skiing, hiking, mountains, lakes and streams, farms and apple orchards. The unemployment rate is much lower than the national average, considerably more money is spent on education – overall, you would think it would be a good place to raise kids.
But not only are kids in ‘good’ neighborhoods taking drugs, they take them for an average of two years before their parents find out. Two years is plenty of time to get into trouble with any drugs – including prescription painkillers, which was what Eli was taking, along with his friends.
Over the last ten years, deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses have increased by 5 times.
Any parent would be wise to drug test their kid. In fact, some kids appreciate it. Kids can get caught up in things without really thinking it through. If they do, drug testing could allow the parents to be found out so the kids can get the help they need.
I would guess that everyone who has lost someone to drugs wishes they’d used drug testing.
If you do test your kids and find they’re on drugs, or if you already know they need help, contact us at 855-895-2090. We’ve helped thousands of people find the drugs treatment that’s right for their situation.
During the holiday season it becomes painfully obvious that someone needs help with drugs or alcohol. Now is the time to address the problem. Of course, you don’t want to send someone you love to alcohol or drug rehab, or to detox, during the holidays, but unless you want another holiday where you’re also painfully reminded of their condition, you should do something about it now.
The other factor, of course, is that their health is in danger, and so are their lives. Whether they’re taking street drugs, prescription drugs or drinking, they are in a position where – honestly – you never know what’s going to happen next.
A lot of people bury their head in the sand when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Even though they may know the various things that could happen. For example:
- 6,000 people a year die from prescription drug overdoses, even thought they aren’t taking outrageous amounts of those drugs.
- People die or are seriously injured from drinking and driving – even if they’re not the one driving, and they might even be a pedestrian who’s been drinking or taking drugs and not paying enough attention to what’s going on on the road.
- Alcohol damages the liver. And they know that the liver is responsible for getting rid of toxins in the body – and if the liver isn’t functioning well, the body gets sicker and sicker. You can expect someone who drinks to die earlier than they should have.
- Drugs and alcohol ruin marriages, careers, finances, and both physical and mental health and well-being.
- Alcohol and drugs often subject children to one form of abuse or another – even if it’s just being ignored.
- Children of people who take drugs or drink are going to experience social problems because of their parents.
- If a woman gets pregnant but has been taking drugs then that child is at risk of being born a drug addict and go through horrible pain while trying to withdraw from whatever their mother was taking.
- Or, if their mother has been drinking, the child may be born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – a condition which will guarantee physical and mental dysfunction that will probably prevent the child from caring for themselves even as they grow into their teens and adulthood, and they will die quite young.
- A vast number of people are in prison because they were caught with drugs or alcohol or because they were involved in some kind of drug or alcohol-related crime – like theft, drunk driving, or worse.
- We also see the hell that celebrities go through trying to get off drugs and alcohol – it’s not pretty.
So, why, when we know all of this, do we delay in getting that person the help they need? A big part of it is that we don’t know what to do.
The answer to that is simple: Call us – Drug Rehab Referral – at 855-895-2090. We specialize in helping people find the right solution for their drug or alcohol problems. We’ve helped thousands. We can help you too.
Expectant mothers who take drugs or drink alcohol have a real problem – the possibility of their child being born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or drug addiction. Of course, if a woman is in a position where it’s at all possible to get pregnant, they should get addiction help immediately so that if they do get pregnant, they don’t put their baby at risk. But the good news is that there are now drug addiction rehabilitation centers popping up that special in detoxing expectant mothers and getting them through drug rehab or other drug addiction treatment.
It can be very dangerous to detox from drugs or alcohol if you’re pregnant – detox isn’t easy on anyone, but for a fetus, it’s real touch and go. Having that much toxic poison (drugs and alcohol are both toxic poisons) go through their little bodies might be more than they can take. But in some cases it can be done safely.
You would think that any woman who understands Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) would avoid alcohol, or make sure they got off it well before they got pregnant. Here are some of the symptoms of FAS, from the Mayo Clinic website:
- Distinctive facial features, including small eyes, an exceptionally thin upper lip, a short, upturned nose, and a smooth skin surface between the nose and upper lip
- Deformities of joints, limbs and fingers
- Slow physical growth before and after birth
- Vision difficulties or hearing problems
- Small head circumference and brain size (microcephaly)
- Poor coordination
- Mental retardation and delayed development
- Learning disorders
- Abnormal behavior, such as a short attention span, hyperactivity, poor impulse control, extreme nervousness and anxiety
- Heart defects
As you can see, FAS ruins a child’s life. And having a child in that condition is also going to ruin the parents’ life.
Children born addicted to drugs also go through hell trying to withdraw. Anyone who’s ever tried to get off drugs will know how bad it can feel – and it’s medically dangerous. The fact that they were born addicted might also lead to medical problems in the future – they might have brain damage, for example.
Imagine how that would feel to a baby who has no idea of what’s going on, why that horrible pain is happening to them, why they also have that horrible drugged feeling – it’s not exactly the picture you want to see of little babies. You want them smiling and happy. Not screaming in agony.
If someone you care about is on drugs or alcohol and could get, or is, pregnant, get them into some kind of drug rehab program as soon as possible. But if they’re pregnant, make sure you find a drug rehab that knows how to deal with pregnancy. Very important.
If the person resists drug rehab, find some youtube videos of infants in hospitals going through withdrawal, or babies (and kids) with FAS.
That should motivate any prospective mother to do something about their own condition. It may seem harsh, but it’s not as bad as having your baby die or go through that hell. They’ll thank you for it later – when they get straight and healthy, and deliver a happy, healthy baby. Call us to find the right facility: 855-895-2090.