5 Signs Your Loved One Needs Help

Addiction isn’t hard to spot, but it can be hard to admit. Old ideas about fighting drug and alcohol abuse keep some people from getting help, but modern treatments offer better outcomes than ever before.

Someone suffering with an addiction intensely craves drugs and uses them even after experiencing negative consequences. Drug and alcohol addictions also bring on physical symptoms when a person stops using them or misses a regular dose. These withdrawal symptoms are best managed with medical supervision to avoid complications and make a person more comfortable.

When a person seeks scientific addiction treatments, he gets the most complete care because these approaches treat physical symptoms as well as psychological symptoms. Treatments that include talk therapy and needed medications give many people the broad-based care that helps them manage all their symptoms – from cravings to use to better ways to manage stress.

With effective treatments available at facilities such as The Canyon, it’s important to get help for an addiction. Plus the earlier a person gets treatment, the more effective the results.

1. Psychological Episodes

Alcohol and drug users are at a higher risk of developing emotional and psychological issues like depression and anxiety. Similarly, people with mental health problems are at a higher risk of using drugs. People who experience mental health problems or addiction often live with similar risk factors, such as genetic vulnerability, susceptible brain structures and early experiences of stress and trauma. While researchers are unsure about the exact connection between mental health problems and addiction, it’s clear these co-occurring conditions need treatment at the same time to give people necessary relief. Any mental health issues present before substance use begins, may spiral out of control with regular use. People with co-occurring conditions need appropriate treatment to live sober successfully.[1]

2. Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

physical withdrawal symptomsWhen a substance user stops takes drugs or alcohol and becomes physically ill, he experiences withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms vary depending upon a person’s drug of choice but may include tremors and shaking, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea or constipation, headaches, and muscle aches and pains. Withdrawal symptoms may be so painful and uncomfortable they discourage a person from keeping on with his decision to quit. Facilities with medically supervised detox, such as The Canyon, give patients the ability to withdraw from drugs safely and comfortably, by offering medications when needed and other therapeutic aids, like massage and meditation.[2]

3. Uncontrollable Cravings

The urge to get high, even just the craving for the ritual of preparing and using a favorite drug,is initially overwhelming during withdrawal. Even if physical withdrawal symptoms are mild due to low drug tolerance or limited period of use, a patient may still struggle with urges to get high. This desire, without the support of a medical professional through supervised drug detox, is enough to make someone relapse and destroy his chance of recovery.[3]

4. Unsuccessful Attempts to Quit

relaspeGood intentions to break off a drug addiction are not enough to stop using. In the same way a person can’t decide to stop having diabetes,a person can’tend addiction on will power alone. Some, however, try to stop using multiple times before realizing the inevitable: an addiction is a brain disease that benefits from psychological and physical treatments to re-wire crucial structures in the brain.[4]

5. Other Medical Issues are Present

Just like the presence of psychological issues shows a person needs treatment for co-occurring conditions, other factors demand additional medical attention. Certain drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers are dangerous to withdraw from and may worsen a person’s pre-existing medical conditions.Many people who struggle with drug addiction do not see a doctor as often as they should and don’t realize they have heart disease, the beginning stages of liver or kidney failure or other medical problems that may flare up during detoxification. With a thorough medical screening and good supervision, patients receive protection from dangerous complications.[5]

Addiction Treatment at The Canyon

Drug Detox at The CanyonThe Canyon recommends users of addictive drugs seek medical help when going through detox. Our staff members provide a medical detox as part of comprehensive drug rehab that helps you or your loved one navigate drug detox safely and effectively.

If you have any questions about how we can help your loved one with drug detox and drug rehab, contact our admissions coordinators today.


[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (NIDA). (2010). Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Illnesses. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2017 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/comorbidity-addiction-other-mental-illnesses/why-do-drug-use-disorders-often-co-occur-other-men.

[2] NIDA. (2016). Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2017 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction.

[3] Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (2006). Counselor’s Treatment Manual: Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2017 from http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA13-4152/SMA13-4152.pdf.

[4] American Society of Addiction Medicine. (2011). Definition of Addiction. Quality & Practice. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2017 from http://www.asam.org/quality-practice/definition-of-addiction.

[5] Case-Lo, Christine. (2015). What is Opiate Withdrawal? Healthline. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2017 from http://www.healthline.com/health/opiate-withdrawal#Overview1.

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