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Avoid Addictions: Keep Your Family Safe

Posted on :  November 28th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Opioid addiction is a serious problem for people of all ages, cultures, and socio-economic groups. If you or a loved one is caught in the trap of addiction, you know the feelings of helplessness and fear that come with the problem. Fortunately, there are things that we can all do to reduce addictions in our homes, schools, communities, and workplaces.

Help Your Children Avoid Addictions

Talk to your children about drugs. Parents are the medium for sending an anti-drug or pro-drug message. Children will watch what you do and they listen to what you say. So, if you use drugs or alcohol around them or with them, they will notice and remember. Even if you do not use drugs or alcohol now, you should not tell fun stories about your previous usage. Tell your children what drugs do to people and why your children should avoid drugs.

Do not support underage drinking. Too many children drink too much alcohol. If you think you are a cool parent by providing alcohol for your teens and their friends, you are grossly mistaken. There are legal drinking ages for a reason, because young brains are more susceptible to addiction and because young minds do not need the problems that are associated with drinking alcohol. The longer you can postpone the time of your child’s first alcoholic beverage, the more likely your child will not develop an addiction.

Get to know your children’s friends. If your children’s friends use drugs, they will use them around your children. Peer pressure is difficult to fight, even for the toughest of children. Research shows that the younger the child is when she tries drugs, the more likely she is to develop an addiction. Knowledge really is power, so get to know your children’s friends and their families, too.

Take Care of Yourself

Get help for your own addiction. There is no reason to be ashamed of an addiction. The science behind it is too difficult to fight. Without help, your addiction will only get worse and you will continue to hurt yourself and others around you. Doctors and therapists are available to help you at all hours of the day and night. All you need to do is tell your doctor you need help. You can also contact our treatment centers at 905-527-2042 for immediate assistance. It does not matter if you have an opioid addiction or other drug addiction, we will provide the assistance you need.

Remove temptations. If you know you or your family members are prone to addiction, it is best to keep temptations out of the house. This means that you should keep unused medications out of your home, especially prescription medications like pain pills, sedatives, and sleeping pills. Many addicts will get their fixes from the medications that are sitting around the house. Pay attention to the community events that encourage people to bring unused medications to a location for safe disposal. The idea of “out of sight – out of mind” works well with addictive substances.

Avoid self-medication. If you are suffering from any emotional pain, you might be tempted to take a sleeping pill or have a few drinks to relax your mind. This is the first step towards addiction. If you feel like you need to self-medicate, you should instead look to therapy instead. In many cases, a few appointments with a licensed therapist will help you manage your emotional pain.

Help your Family

Keep your medication for yourself. When you are given a prescription, it is for you alone. It is illegal in Canada to share prescription medications with anyone. It is also illegal to sell your prescriptions to other people, too. If you have a prescription for a medication that has addictive properties, it is wise to lock up the medication so no one has access to it.

Look for signs of addiction. You know your family the best; so if you are worried that a family member might have an addiction, call your family doctor for support. Keep track of your loved one’s behavior to ensure the best care.

If you have any questions about protection your children, yourself, and your community, contact Toward Recovery Clinics at 905-527-2042.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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