Why the Medicine Cabinet May Be More Dangerous Than the Streets
Doctor's Visits and Addiction HistoryWhile most know about the opioid epidemic, our kids may not, and because these drugs are coming from a doctor, it's easy for kids to think they are safe. But even taking the prescribed amount of these highly addictive substances can cause addiction. We need to ensure we are educated on the topic of painkillers and relay that information to our teens. It can be the difference between life and death. The next time you or your child has a scheduled surgery or has a serious injury that may result in pain killers, check out all pain management options, especially if you have a history of addiction in your family. There are breathwork classes, herbal tea remedies, and other less addictive medicinal options for you to try. If you are unsure of addictive behaviors and patterns in your lineage, it's time to have those tough conversations to protect our kids and ourselves from potential threats. Don't be afraid to talk about it. Take the first steps to ensure your family is safe from harm.
Signs of Opioid UsePrescription drug use can be hard to spot, but if you suspect your child of abusing this medication, look for the signs. Pupils will look like small, black, pinpoints, eyes glassy. They will be fatigued and sluggish. Their breathing will decrease, making it harder to move around. The larger danger stems from mixing other substances with these deadly pills. Alcohol can exacerbate breathing issues and quickly lead to death. It's easy to smell the scent of cigarettes and lingering marijuana use on a child's clothing, but these signs won't appear with opioid use. If your son starts acting detached, sleeping a lot, or disengaged, it may be time for a conversation.
Addiction's mask can look different on all who wear it. If your teen may be struggling with a prescription addiction, don't overthink it. Don't make excuses. Don't blame. Pick up the phone and call Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center at (662) 478-9463. Their proven methods can help your teen detox from their addiction and move forward with success in their community and beyond. Don't let the bottle fool you. Call today and potentially save a life.