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Giacomo Giammatteo
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Drug Addiction Signs in Children

We’ve written before on the opioid epidemic several times, and all of it is a concern, but nothing is more of a concern than drug addiction signs in children. Two of the more recent posts can be seen here and here. Just remember, when you’re raising a child, one of the more important things to be concerned about is the answer to the question: “Is your child on drugs?”

According to ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) the use of both illegal and prescription opioid abuse has increased almost every year this decade.

While the statistics show that the largest increase in heroin use is among the older generation (40+ age group), it still shows a significant increase in younger people, enough of an increase to cause any parent concern. That’s why parents need to be aware of drug addiction signs in children.

Is Your Child on Drugs?

If you’re thinking you have nothing to worry about because the statistics show that the older age group is the one harming themselves — think again. Below is a chart from Business Insidershowing overdose deaths by age groups.

Wondering the question “Is your child is on drugs?” is something almost every parent asks themselves once children hit the teenage years. Despite what you may think, that’s being a responsible parent. Because of the prevalence of drug use in today’s society, every parent should be asking “Is my child is on drugs?” They should routinely do a search and type in “drug addiction signs in children.”

Getting back to the chart, it shows that youngsters have one of the lowest rates of increased deaths, but that’s still not good. It amounts to tens of thousands of children — young lives that will never be developed.

There Isn’t Much Worse Than Seeing Drug Addiction Signs in Children — Especially in Your Child

There might be nothing worse in life — with the exception of a loved one’s death — than a child on drugs. But even death fades with time; the effect of addiction lasts as long as the drug use does.

Many parents and/or spouses want to know the telltale signs of drug use, or at least they say they do.

When I was raising children, the one question that nagged at me more than any was — “Is my child on drugs?” How about you? Is your child on drugs? You need to be sure.

Drug Addiction Signs in Children.

Now we get to the meat of the article. What are some signs of drug use in children?

You’d think you should be able to tell if your child is doing something, but determining if your child is on drugs Isn’t so easy.

You may think you have a good relationship with your child but think about it for a moment. If you ask them if they’re using drugs they’ll say no if they aren’t, and they’ll say no if they are.

At first, you want to believe them — give them the benefit of the doubt. You don’t want them to be on drugs, because, somehow, that seems like your failure.

When they lie to you — and they will lie — your tendency is to believe them.

You may ask yourself — How can your child be on drugs? He/she is good. They’d never do that. Something else might be going on, but they’re not on drugs!

Open Your Eyes

These are some things to look for. As with any potential problem, the symptoms can be explained by many things, and any oneof them is not cause for alarm. But lump a few symptoms together, and all of a sudden you have a different story.

The first signs to look for when you seek the drug addiction signs in children are the physical signs. They may be the easiest to spot.

Physical Or Evidential

bad grooming.
unexplained injuries.
slurred speech.
falling asleep while sitting up.
unexplained sleepiness.
a change in appetite, or rapid weight loss or gain.
nosebleeds could be an indication of meth or cocaine use.
slip in grades at school.
unexplained absences at job.
unusual number of doctor visits.
Any one of these does not necessarily indicate a problem, but if your child begins nodding off while at the dinner table, or is shunning the dinner table altogether, you may have something to worry about.

None of these symptoms by themselves are guaranteed signs of drug use, but if you notice several symptoms over a prolonged period, then it’s probably an indication that your child is on drugs.


Drastic attitude changes.
Mood changes.
Withdrawn and shunning family activities.
No motivation (aside from normal teenager behavior).
Trouble with the law.
Nothing is his/her fault.
Trouble at school.
Missing school.
Drastic change in hobbies or sports activities.
Change (as in genre change) in music etc.
New friends (especially if they are ones you don’t like).
These are the kids you raised. It’s only natural to want to believe them. The trouble is, it’s not helping them to believe.

You need to be skeptical.
You need to be leery.
You need to notbelieve.
The signs of drug use we mentioned are generalized symptoms, and they can be explained by many things — but don’t ignore the signs. The chances are, if you see the signs of drug use, there is a problem. Your gut will tell you. “Is your child on drugs?” is a question that needs to be answered honestly.

Remember that feeling your mom, or somebody, might have told you about when you were a child — that if you’re about to do something wrong, you’ll get a bad feeling in your gut? The same applies here. You might not want to know if someone you love is on drugs, but deep down inside, you know. And you need to do something about it.

I know that the child sitting across the dinner table is not someone you want to be on drugs, however, you’ll know if they are. You may want to deny it — hell, there’s no doubt you’ll wantto deny it — but don’t. It hurts them more if you deny them the help they need.

If you’re already asking yourself the question — “How do I know if my child is on drugs?,” or if you’re looking for signs of drug addiction in children, then your gut is likely already telling you — you may have a problem.

So, what do you do when you face that? Here are a few things not to do.

What Not to Do

Do notgive them money
Do notcast blame somewhere else (or let them cast blame)
Do notcoddle them and tell them things will be all right — they won’t.
Remember, the only way someone is going to get help is when they are willing to take direction.

Help Is at Hand

The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Help is available.

At Into Action Recovery Centers, we specialize in helping people “kick the habit,” especially people who have not been successful elsewhere.

We have a staff that has been through it, and we have medically trained personnel on hand 24/7 in case of emergencies. We also have a medical director on site.

Don’t wait another minute.Pick up the phone and give us a call (844) 694–3576 or fill out a confidential inquiry form, and our knowledgeable staff will get back to you to arrange for a confidential consultation.

Fill out a confidential inquiry form, and our knowledgeable staff will get back to you or call to arrange a confidential consultation: (844) 694–3576
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Heroin Has Hit the Suburbs

For decades, heroin was considered the drug of choice only for hard-core junkies in the inner cities. Walk down a dark alley or enter an abandoned apartment building and you were bound to trip over a user. But all of that has changed. According to the Washington Post, among others, heroin has hit the suburbs.

And with the epidemic and simultaneous rise in heroin use and overdoses, attitude is beginning to change. No longer is heroin use thought of as:

– The result of poor parenting.
– Being restricted to certain ethnic groups or “inner-city junkies.”
– The result of abandoned children by working or single-family moms.
– Treatable only with prison sentences.

Focus on Treatment Has Shifted

There is always a silver lining. It’s tough to see sometimes, but the unprecedented growth of heroin use and subsequent overdoses has shifted the focus from “heroin is only used by junkies” to “we need to treat this problem.” The reason for this shift has a lot to do with the fact that heroin has hit the suburbs. As we mentioned in our blog on the geographical look at the opioid crisis, heroin use has spread to almost every city in the country.

Treatment Is Private and Confidential

Because heroin has hit the suburbs, it has raised a new concern. Professionals want anonymity. That’s one of many reasons people choose an “out-of-town” rehab, as discussed here.

At Into Action Recovery Centers, we understand that, and whether you’re out of town or decide to come to us as a local client, we will treat everything with the utmost confidentiality. We have dealt with thousands of clients, and we take this seriously.
By the way, Into Action Recovery Centers is not only licensed by the state of Texas, but we hold the esteemed three-year CARF accreditation. We were also named one of the three best treatment centers in Houston.

The Bottom Line

The good news is that no matter who you are or where you live, we can help. We treat people from all over the country, from all levels of society. If you have a problem with drug or alcohol use, give us a call. We can help.
Fill out a confidential inquiry form, and our knowledgeable staff will get back to you or call to arrange a confidential consultation: (844) 694–3576

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How to Save a Million Dollars Getting Sober

It’s easy to save a million dollars — wrong.

It’s easy to get sober — wrong again.

But for those of you with enough drive and ambition, you can succeed in both. The best thing is that getting sober will help you get the million dollars. Here’s how:

You’ll start off with a deficit because getting sober requires assistance, and assistance costs money. But you shouldn’t think of the cost of as starting with a deficit; think of the cost of as an expense or better yet think of it as an investment. An investment in your future.

If you think that it can’t be done, read on.

Let’s assume that you are twenty-five years old, and you’re working at a job making $50,000 per year. How much would you have to save to be a millionaire at 65?

I started doing research on this and found several reports, some of which were a little aggressive in their “assumptions,” so I chose a more conservative analysis.

From a Report Done by CNBC

The charts below are from a report done by CNBC on how to save a million dollars by the time you’re sixty-seven. The retirement age is a couple of years higher than the one we used, but they also based it on starting at the age of thirty, which is five years later than the age we used.

So let’s analyze the chart provided by them. As I said, it’s more conservative.

982 per month

$11,769 per year

A six percent annual return:

21 per day

610 per month

$7,413 per eight percent annual return:

An eight percent annual return.

12 per day

366 per month

$4,552 per year

A 10 percent annual return:

7 per day

213 per month

$2,755 per year

When you look at the charts, it’s apparent that if you calculate based on ten percent per year, the amount you need to save per day is extremely small. But even at four percent, (which anyone should be able to do if not drinking or doing drugs) the daily amount isn’t out of reach. In fact, if you are now living a clean and sober lifestyle, and you’re not spending money on alcohol or drugs, it should be well within your reach.

Cost of Drugs and/or Alcohol

The average cost of drugs for an addict is from 75–

200 per day and that is a conservative estimate.

An alcoholic can get away cheaper, but only if they’re “slumming” it, and not stopping in at bars to have a drink or two. If they’re drinking outside, the numbers add up quickly.

Mind you, this is the average cost, so your expenditures may be higher or lower.

If you have an addiction problem, get it treated. That is if you want to save a million dollars.

Take the money you were spending on your addiction and put it into savings. Before you know it, the dollars will add up. And if you’re not interested in saving a million, there are still many benefits to getting clean and sober, not the least of which is living a happier, longer life.

Just for grins, I listed a table below that shows what would happen if you invested $75 per day at four, eight, and ten percent for a period of thirty years.

Before you say “I couldn’t do that,” think about this:

If you saved just ten dollars a day for thirty years you’d have $653,000 assuming a ten percent annual return.

Not a bad reward for fixing your life.

Don’t wait. Call us today!

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Hyphens and How to Use Them
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7 Common Grammar Mistakes

And How to Correct Them

The how to correct them part is easy. Practice using them right. Make a habit out of it. Don’t simply read this article, and then forget it. Read the article, and then select one of the grammar rules and practice using it properly for several weeks. After that, your list of 7 common grammar mistakes should be reduced by one.

The Normal List of Grammar Mistakes

Every time I read an article on grammar mistakes, I see the same culprits. So much so that it’s a wonder the examples cited haven’t been learned by now. The usual suspects are:

If you’ve been reading posts on grammar or word for any length of time, you’re bound to have come across the words on the list above, or at least most of them. But they don’t constitute all of the mistakes by any means. This list covers 7 common grammar mistakes that are not included in that list (one is). And it’s precisely why I did it—to give you a peek at some of the other problem areas that are so frequently heard. One of the ones on this list has risen to the number one spot on most often heard grammar mistakes. Read on to find out.
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Threat of Prescription Drug Addiction

Years ago, drug use was restricted mostly to derelicts, low-income individuals, and the poor or homeless. The threat of prescription drug addiction was close to zero. Ads warning of drug abuse were almost always accompanied by images such as the one below showing a homeless man lying on the street.

Then something happened in the late 50s and early 60s. Pharmaceutical companies began advertising new drugs that supposedly could take away all your problems. Their target was the millions of housewives who were home alone with children to raise.

If you've ever been locked up with a houseful of kids, you know it produces anxiety. For people who are prone to problems, it produces a lot of anxiety. The pharma companies advertised their drugs promising a relief from that. They didn't bother to mention that the drugs may bring their own problems.

Prescription Drugs Do Not Have a Good History

Let’s take a look at some of the approved TV or magazine ads from the 1950s and 1960s. Pharmaceuticals advertised anti-anxiety medications for everything—from dealing with the everyday stresses of motherhood to dealing with the problems associated with menopause.

And these are only two of the ads. There were plenty.

I'm going to finish this section with one of my favorites—an ad from Bayer Pharmaceuticals for heroin to be used for everything from toothaches to sore gums for babies who were teething—babies!.

Back to the Future

It's no wonder we have a problem regarding the threat of prescription drug addiction. And by the way, it's no longer a threat—it's a reality. Prescription drug addiction has increased by leaps and bounds in the past ten years.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffer from substance abuse related to prescription opioid pain relievers as of 2012. Note I said "opioid" pain relievers. This is not counting the millions of people who are addicted to other drugs.

And according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

...prescription drugs are misused and abused more often than any other drug, except marijuana and alcohol. This growth is fueled by misperceptions about prescription drug safety, and increasing availability. A 2011 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that opioid analgesic (pain reliever) sales increased nearly four-fold between 1999 and 2010; this was paralleled by an almost four-fold increase in opioid (narcotic pain medication), overdose deaths, and substance abuse treatment admissions that were almost six times the rate during the same time period.
While the FDA has put guidelines in place, and the pharmaceutical companies have been restricted from ads, such as the ones we previously showed, we are still faced with the problem of increased addiction. But it's a problem that can be solved—and we can help.

Bottom Line

We began this article discussing the "threat of prescription drug addiction." We can confirm that is no longer a threat—it's real.

What to Do if You Become Addicted

The good news is that life isn't over due to prescription drug addiction. There are avenues to take when seeking help. At Into Action Recovery Centers we are experienced at dealing with prescription drug addiction as well as other addiction. We have trained, competent staff on hand twenty-four hours a day, and our top staff have all been through it. We understand your needs and your fears.

If you find yourself in a situation where you don't know what to do—give us a call. We're here to help you.

Fill out a confidential inquiry form, and our knowledgeable staff with get back to you or call to arrange a confidential consultation: (844) 694-3576© Can Stock Photo / gordonw
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