EDGEWOOD

1200 Westlake Ave N, Suite 508

Seattle, Washington

info@edgewoodseattle.com

(866)530-9989

FAMILY SUPPORT

At Edgewood,  a majority of the calls we receive come from family and friends looking for help for someone they love. We understand the challenges family and friends face as they attempt to assist a loved one caught in the vicious cycle of a debilitating addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. The frustration and loneliness associated with continued heart felt and failed attempts can be devastating, especially over time.  Making the right choice is very important, but it can also be extremely difficult and overwhelming. Our Admissions Department will answer all your questions, provide referrals and help you determine the appropriate level of care.

Addiction:  A disease that knows no boundaries of socioeconomic class, gender, race, intelligence, or age.  Addiction affects people all across the globe, from movie stars and political leaders to grandparents.

Family Support

At Edgewood,  a majority of the calls we receive come from family and friends looking for help for someone they love. We understand the challenges family and friends face as they attempt to assist a loved one caught in the vicious cycle of a debilitating addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. The frustration and loneliness associated with continued heart felt and failed attempts can be devastating, especially over time.  Making the right choice is very important, but it can also be extremely difficult and overwhelming. Our Admissions Department will answer all your questions, provide referrals and help you determine the appropriate level of care.

 

If the support of an interventionist is the most appropriate way to get your loved one into treatment we will work with you to coordinate an intervention. We work with a Nationwide Network of compassionate Certified Intervention Specialists who are experienced in a variety of intervention methods. We will guide you and your loved ones through the entire process. Confidential intervention services can be arranged nationally and internationally.

 

For more information on how to get you or your loved one help, call us toll-free: 866-530-9989.

 

Edgewood offers support, education, and therapeutic services for family members of people suffering from addiction.

  

 

Families need support from the moment they first suspect a member may have an addiction, to getting the loved one into treatment, changing family patterns and getting healthy while the family member is in treatment, and finally learning to be supportive in a healthy way after formal treatment is finished.

If you suspect that a friend or family member has a drug problem, here are a few things you can do:

  • Speak up. Talk to the person about your concerns, and offer your help and support. The earlier addiction is treated, the better. Don’t wait for your loved one to hit bottom! Be prepared for their excuses and denial by having specific examples of behavior that has you worried.

  • Take care of yourself. Don’t get so caught up in someone else’s drug problem that you neglect your own needs. Make sure you have people you can talk to and lean on for support. And stay safe. Don’t put yourself in dangerous situations.

  • Don’t cover for the addict.  Don’t make excuses or try to hide the problem. It is natural to want to help a loved one in need, but protecting them from the negative consequences of their choices may keep them from getting the help they need.

  • Avoid self-blame. You can support a person with a substance abuse problem and encourage treatment, but you can’t force an addict to change. You can’t control your loved one’s decisions.  Let the person accept responsibility for his or her actions, an essential step along the way to recovery for drug addiction.

Edgewood  staff are able to answer questions and provide resources and referrals to support families to bring a loved one into treatment. Remember that a person does not need to hit “rock bottom” in order to go, and be successful in treatment.

For more information on how to get you or your loved one help, call us toll-free: 1-866-530-9989

  

 
 

Warning Signs That A Family Member Might Have An Addiction Problem 

Physical signs of drug abuse
  • Bloodshot eyes or pupils that are larger or smaller than usual.

  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.

  • Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits.

  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.

  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.

  • Falling asleep in the middle of a conversation.

  • Unexplained ‘picking’ sores on face and body.

 

Behavioral signs of drug abuse
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school.

  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems that may lead to borrowing or stealing.

  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.

  • Speech is confusing or illogical, dishonesty with even mundane things.

  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.

  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).

 

Psychological signs of drug abuse
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude.

  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.

  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.

  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”

  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.

  • Disappears for days at a time with no plausible excuse.

For more information on how to get you or your loved one help, call us toll-free: 1-866-530-9989

 

Warning Signs of Addiction Vs. Abuse

Common signs and symptoms of drug abuse
  • You’re neglecting your responsibilities at school, work, or home (e.g. flunking classes, skipping work, neglecting your children) because of your drug use.

  • You’re using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high, such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, or having unprotected sex.

  • Your drug use is getting you into legal trouble, such as arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support a drug habit.

  • Your drug use is causing problems in your relationships, such as fights with your partner or family members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends.

 

Common signs and symptoms of drug addiction
  • You’ve built up a drug tolerance. You need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects you used to with smaller amounts.

  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.

  • You’ve lost control over your drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.

  • Your life revolves around drug use. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.

  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use.

  • You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you. It’s causing major problems in your life—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway.

 

Getting Your Loved One Into Treatment

For a person with an addiction, there is a part of them that wants to stay sober, and a part of them that wants to use. The key to getting people into treatment is to tip the scales so that they want to stay sober more than they want to use. This can be done the following ways:

  • Ask Them. If you feel that a person is ready for treatment all that it may take is to ask them. This is especially true if a person admits that he/she has a problem. Or if a person is attempting to stay sober but failing—such as going to 12-step meetings or therapy. However, if a person is in denial of having a problem, this step will not work. On the contrary, asking a person who is very resistant to go to treatment will only make them suspicious and guarded, making it harder for them to go in the future.

  • Strengthen Family Boundaries. By working with a therapist, a family is able to change unhealthy patterns and set up firm boundaries that will be supportive without enabling the addiction. By not protecting the addict from the natural consequences of his/her use, this increases the discomfort of using and increases the motivation to get treatment.

  • Intervention. Quite often, it takes an intervention of some type to have a loved one accept help.  A properly done intervention is done with compassion, dignity, and respect. There are resources available if a family wants to do an intervention themselves.  We only recommend this method if you are able to have a unified family and not show any anger in the intervention. There are also professional interventionists who are experts in helping families and friends bring a person with an addiction into treatment.

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