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Getting Help for a Loved One’s Substance Abuse

Addiction and substance abuse is a common problem. Whether the problem lies with alcohol, painkillers and other prescription medications, or completely illegal “street drugs,” a person struggling with addiction often needs the help of loved ones to bring the problem under control. Helping someone recover from addiction isn’t just good for their health. It also protects them from making mistakes that could cost them their job or lead to lawsuits.

Addiction can lead to many problems

The specific nature of addiction depends on many factors. These include the particular psychology of the individual and the particular qualities of the substance to which they are addicted. But many types of addiction share common features, such as these:
  • Health effects. Even legal substances with addictive qualities, like alcohol, can have serious adverse health consequences for people who abuse them.
  • Social problems. An addict can have difficulty with relationships, including those with friends and family, as well as at work. The problems can be directly associated with using the substance, or they can be the result of symptoms, like lack of adequate sleep, impacted memory, and so forth. In extreme cases an addict can commit crimes to feed their habit.
  • Bad judgment. For many types of addicts, the normalization of substance abuse in their lives leads to bad choices, like a decision to drive under the influence or use a substance at work.

Getting help

Intervening in a loved one’s addiction isn’t always easy to do alone. Fortunately, there are several resources available for people need help developing an intervention strategy. In addition to online resources dedicated to the addict’s specific condition, substance abuse hotlines offer a good first step to finding answers to personal questions. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a federal agency offering substance abuse assistance. The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health offers support at the state level. Getting help can also involve looking into addiction recovery programs. Such programs vary in quality, professionalism, and cost. Figuring out which one will be the right fit for your loved one can take a lot of work, which the addict may not be willing or able to do alone. In some situations, it is important to intervene directly to prevent a catastrophic problem. Perhaps the most common scenario where this is important is if someone has had too much to drink but insists on driving. Taking away such a person’s keys can be a first step in a broader move to help that person break their habit of abusing alcohol. The law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez is proud of its long history of providing caring, personalized service to each client. We help clients address legal challenges with solutions that address the whole picture. If you have questions about an injury you or a loved one has suffered as a consequence of substance abuse, please reach out to us today for a free attorney consultation. We’re available at 702-388-4476 or contact us through our website.