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Family & Friends can Help

Sometimes, the person suffering from substance use disorder is the last person to know for certain they have a problem. Their loved ones, however, are well aware of the problem, and are suffering in parallel with the alcoholic or substance user, but have no idea how to help them.

Often out of love, care, and concern we enable substance use. We give money, make excuses, and do many other things that help maintain the status quo. Without intervention and help, all of our best efforts and hopes keep the lifestyle of addiction intact and their lives will likely get worse as there is little incentive for the substance user to change. If you don’t act now…. then when will be the right time?

If you have questions about the Sober at Home program, or how to go about getting help for a loved one, sign up for a Q &A session with Sober at Home Founder David Gerber.

Below is a list of extensive resources to help you determine the next best steps for you, your family and loved ones.

INFORMATION ON RISKS OF DRUG USE:

Substances that are abused are becoming increasingly more dangerous since many are laced with Fentanyl unbeknownst to the user. Fentanyl is a narcotic that is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and only a small amount can lead to overdose death.

More information about the significant risks of some of the most commonly abused substances.

risk of drugs resources page

INFORMATION ON RISKS OF METHAMPHETAMINES:

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE:

Nearly 80% of those who suffer from a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health disorder. Many, many people have misused substances to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Below is a resource to explore the relationship between substance use and mental health.

mental health and Substance use

SELF HELP MEETINGS ONLINE:

The guilt and shame that people feel about their addiction often leads them towards an inward journey, which makes them feel alone. Finding and connecting with others who have experienced the same feelings of guilt, shame and loneliness is an essential part of recovering.

AA/NA and SMART Recovery are helpful resources for those who are battling addiction, but there are also helpful resources for family members and loved ones.

MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT):

For some Medication Assisted Treatment or Therapies may be an important tool in the recovery toolbox. For others, it’s important to the individual to choose a path of sobriety that does not include substance abuse medications. Below are some resources that address the pros and cons of the most common medications used to treat substance use disorders.

Interventions

INTERVENTIONS:

Many family and friends feel helpless because they are aware of the problems that addiction has caused, but their efforts to get help for their loved one have been met with great resistance. Therefore, the parallel suffering leaves loved ones with no where else to turn. There are many resources around the country to provide interventions. Below is a resource for an intervention service that is associated with Sober at Home, Inc.

HUDSON VALLEY INTERVENTIONS IS AFFILIATED WITH SOBER at HOME.

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“Is your child at risk”: A Substance Abuse Assessment:

Sober at Home is a self-directed, subscription model that allows individuals and families to utilize content and move at their own pace.

OTHER ADDICTIONS:

Addiction to alcohol and drugs are often used in combination with other addictions. Below are some resources for information on other common types of addiction.