Authors Offer Helpful Advice to Commemorate National Recovery Month

Each September, National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month is celebrated in communities across the U.S. to help people recognize that substance abuse disorders are treatable and recovery is possible.

To draw attention to this important event, Seal Press authors Karen Franklin and Lauren King—who are also mother and daughter—are offering helpful, first-hand, advice to families on how to deal with a loved one in the grips of addiction.

Franklin and King are the authors of Addicted Like Me: A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recovery, a personal account of addiction and how it affects the entire family. Both have struggled with addiction, and now work to help others in the recovery process. To help the families of the more than 22 million people in this country are addicted to drugs or alcohol, the two have come up with a set of eye-opening tips detailing the top five mistakes families make when dealing with addiction:

Mistake One: Bailing Them Out

Most addicts are in deep denial that they have a problem that is affecting their lives, and will never accept help if friends and family make it easy for them. It will be impossible for them to face the truth until they begin to feel some of the repercussions of their bad decisions.

Mistake Two: Trying to Control Their Behavior

When trying to control addictive behavior it generally ends up in frustration and disappointment. Addiction is a disease that manifests itself through the addict’s words and actions. The best thing we can do for our loved ones is to empower them to enter treatment and seek assistance in changing their own lives.

Mistake Three: Giving Them More Chances

Many times when a loved one is abusing drugs they become willing to protect their secret at any cost. This includes telling family members what they want to hear. Most addicts will promise they’ll change with convincing sincerity, but we must remember they are in the grips of a disease that will ultimately drive their behavior.

Mistake Four: Waiting For the Bottom to Fall Out

The problem with waiting for every addict to hit rock bottom is some will die, get arrested, or suffer great, irreversible harm before they get there. All addicts have their own bottom when they decide enough is enough. Get help for yourself and connect with professionals that can guide you to help raise the addict’s bottom.

Mistake Number Five: Wasting a Good Crisis

There may be only one opportunity to approach the addict and convince them to enter treatment. Don’t blow that chance. A crisis event can be that opportunity. Facing real consequences can wake some addicts up. Any intervention, either formal or informal, is an attempt to convince an addict that they’re at their bottom, and it’s time to change.

Franklin offers some additional insight:

“Addiction can happen to anyone, and families need to understand that ignoring signs or blaming others isn’t going to help. There isn’t any shame in having a family member that’s struggling, there’s only shame if you don’t reach out and seek help.”

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Young People and Substance Abuse in the Church – Seminar October 7th!

We will be tackling the topic of how to effectively address the needs of 14-22 year olds, their families and the overcoming challenges they present.
  • When does experimenting turn into a problem?
  • PHARMING PARTIES (if you don’t know what that is you need to attend!)
  • What can you do?
  • How to talk to parents about substance abuse
  • What should you not do?
  • Signs and symptoms to look for
  • How you can positively impact a teenage addict
TEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE FACT:  Alcohol and Marijuana use among teens is on the rise with 39 percent reporting alcohol use, and 25 percent of teens reported smoking marijuana in the last month. (Recent data from The Partnership for a Drug-Free America –  released March 2010.)
Even the highest achieving, most accomplished young people are vulnerable to experimenting with alcohol and drugs, that potentially turns into full scale substance abuse leading to addiction.  Experiments that result in overdose are on the rise.  Come learn from the experts what you can do to help the youth in your church.

Young People, Church & Substance Abuse:
October 7th at the Phoenix Seminary from 8:00am – 11:30am
Registration starts at 7:30am – Light breakfast provided.

We are blessed and excited to have one of the leading experts on Adolescent Substance Abuse as our main presenter.  Josh Azevedo, LISAC, CAC II is the Program Director for the Pathway Drug Abuse Program.  Josh has years of experience and offers insight, wisdom and specialized approaches to help young people and their families find solutions.
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National Drug Facts Week

Studies show that abuse of prescription drugs, especially pain relievers is increasing among youth. Teenagers assume that prescription drugs are safe, when in fact they are highly addictive and can cause severe side effects.

National Drug Facts WeekNovember 8-14, 2010 is National Drug Facts Week, a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the web, on TV and through contests, NIDA is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.

Visit the National Drug Facts Week website

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Pharmaceutical & Illicit Drug Abuse Up Among College Students

Increases in comparison to the increases of the percentage of students abusing drugs between 1993 and 2005:

  • 343 percent for opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin.
  • 93 percent for stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall.
  • 450 percent for tranquilizers like Xanax and Valium.
  • 225 percent for sedatives like Nembutal and Seconal.
  • 100 percent for daily marijuana use.
  • 52 percent for cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs.

(According to CASA report, an estimated 310,000 U.S. college students smoke marijuana daily and 636,000 students use illegal drugs (other than marijuana), such as cocaine and heroin.)

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College Starting Again – Partying More Intense

According to a recent four-year study of college alcohol and drug use, Wasting the Best and the Brightest: Substance Abuse at America’s Colleges and Universities, the substance abuse among college students hasn’t changed much in the last decade.

The report found that there has been no change in the proportion of students who drink (70 compared with 68 percent) and binge drink from 1993 to 2005.

Perhaps more disturbing, the study found that the frequency of excessive drinking has increased sharply:

  • Between 1993 and 2001, the proportion of students who binge drink three or more times in the past two weeks is up 16 percent.
  • Students who drink on 10 or more occasions in a month, up 25 percent.
  • Students who get drunk at least three times a month, increased 26 percent.
  • Students who “drink to get drunk,” rose 21 percent.
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