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Addiction Resource Center
 

Concerned about a family member?

How you can help to get someone started in recovery:

  • Talk to the person you are concerned about, suggest getting help
  • Call us or come in for a free screening
  • If necessary, help the person get to their appointment


How to start:

  • Approach the subject gently when they are not intoxicated
  • Remember that things will not change if something is not done
  • Rehearse what you want to say
  • Have a clear mind
  • Have a support person


Alcoholism:

  • An alcoholic may only drink once a month, once a week, or daily
  • Often minimize their drinking so others won’t know how much they really drink
  • Often begin to drink more to get a buzz because their tolerance has increased
  • Often think about drinking frequently
  • When an alcoholic does not drink but their body is craving it they may go into what is known as withdrawal


Signs of Withdrawal:

  • The shakes, vomiting, rapid pulse, heart palpitations, sleep problems, anxiety, paranoia, and sometimes seizures
  • Depending on the person’s drinking and/or drug using history they may need medical detoxification.


Affected Others:

  • Living with/caring about a person struggling with substance abuse is very painful. Call us – we offer services for Affected Others to learn how to cope and take care of oneself.

 

 
 

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