SUBSTANCE ABUSE – WHAT FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW

Substance abuse, a serious problem in the US, causes loss of lives, domestic violence, child abuse, and costs the community millions of dollars each year.  It is the 3rd GREAT KILLER, after heart disease and cancer.  More than half of Americans have at least one close relative with a substance abuse problem, and the problem is growing among young people.

COMMONLY ABUSED DRUGS:

  • ALCOHOL, abused by 1 in 13 Americans, is the #1 drug problem.
  • METH LABS are an “epidemic”. John Duncan, Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, says, “Oklahoma has one of the worst meth problems in the US.”
  • MARIJUANA and COCAINE are popular mood altering drugs. 
  • Abuse of PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, including pain medications (Lortab, Demerol, OxyContin), muscle relaxants and Ritalin is increasing. 
  • Recently, youths are overdosing on COUGH & COLD MEDICATIONS (Robitussin, Coricidin).
  • Other abused drugs include HEROIN, LSD, PCP, ECSASY, INHALANTS AND STEROIDS.

SYMPTOMS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE:

The effects of different drugs are not all the same, but some to look for: 

  • Obsessive or compulsive behavior
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Hyperactive or slowed body movements
  • Slurred speech
  • Pinpoint or dilated pupils

ADDICTION:  

About 1 in 10 people who abuse drugs will become psychologically, sometimes physically dependent on the drug. They cannot control their use. AMA says that ADDICTION IS AN ILLNESS that is progressive and potentially fatal. Signs of addiction include increased tolerance  and continued use in spite of negative consequences. Addiction affects the whole family, and recovery requires treatment and support.

HELP IS AVAILABLE:

Mental health professionals and doctors can help you and your family with substance abuse problems and concerns. Other community resources are:

  • A Chance to Change  405-840-9000  www.achancetochange.org
  • Alcoholics Anonymous    405-524-1100 :24 Hour Help Line  800-711-6375
  • Al-Anon  405-767-9071   www.okcalanon.org 
  • Narcotics Anonymous  405-524-7068   24 Hour Help Line  800-711-6375 

Gracie Moyers, M.Ed.

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