Asking for help is the first step in recovery for you or for the family of a person with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). We’re glad you’ve taken this important step. Here is some information to help with your journey. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, drop us a message and we’ll respond. Or visit our facebook page and send an instant message if it’s urgent.
Everyone has a different path to recovery. What works for one person may not work for another. It will take perseverance, reliance and trial and error to find what best works. That’s why you may hear that relapse is part of recovery. A set back or relapse does not mean failure. It means we are learning about ourselves on our path to recovery and may need to try something different.
Did you know that Prescription Pain medications such as Percocet, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Valium have the same ingredient as Heroin? That ingredient is Opium. Both these prescribed pain medications and heroin are deadly.
Signs of Opioid Abuse:
- Significant Loss of Weight
- Scratch like marks on the back of hands, on arms, neck or between toes. These are called track marks.
- Hanging around difference ‘friends’
- Nodding off as if to almost fall asleep
- Eyes closing or slanted
- Missing items such as jewelry, electronic games (xbox), tablets, phones, money
- Borrows ‘$10 or $20 frequently
- Water bottle caps seem to be laying around everywhere (car, bedroom)
- Tiny Pupils
- Yawning (withdrawal)
Signs of Substance Abuse in Adolescents:
If an adolescent starts behaving differently for no apparent reason—such as acting withdrawn, frequently tired or depressed, or hostile—it could be a sign he or she is developing a drug-related problem. Parents and others may overlook such signs, believing them to be a normal part of puberty.
Other signs include:
- a change in peer group
- carelessness with grooming
- decline in academic performance
- missing classes or skipping school
- loss of interest in favorite activities
- changes in eating or sleeping habits
- deteriorating relationships with family members and friends
Parents tend to underestimate the risks or seriousness of drug use. The symptoms listed here suggest a problem that may already have become serious and should be evaluated to determine the underlying cause—which could be a substance abuse problem or another mental health or medical disorder. Parents who are unsure whether their child is abusing drugs can enlist the help of a primary care physician, school guidance counselor, or drug abuse treatment provider.
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- The DrugFree.org Get Help Helpline is a free, national resource for those, or a loved one of those, struggling with addiction. “The Helpline is not a crisis line. If you do not connect with a parent specialist, please leave a message and we will make every effort to get back to you by the next business day. If you are in need of immediate or emergency services please call 911 or a 24 hour crisis hotline.”
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) is a crisis hotline that can help with many problems, not just suicide. Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one or anyone interested in mental health treatment referrals can call. Callers are connected with a professional nearby who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or about concerns for family and friends.
Drug and Alcohol Evaluations:
For information on substance abuse services or to schedule an evaluation, call Rochester Regional Chemical Dependency at (585) 723-7740. Evaluations are often available within 24 hours.