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How families can seek treatment when battling drug use and peer pressure

Families are at a high-time for battling drug abuse and peer pressure; with accessibility to prescription medications and illicit drugs on the streets, adolescents and family members as a whole are threatened with serious health risks and related concerns. Loved ones often experience a feeling of compromise when they bend a little to appease to friends and family – when asked for substances, family members may lean towards saying, “yes” because they don’t want to appear disagreeable or may otherwise attempt to keep peace in the family.

A publication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains that a number of factors can take place within families, which makes them more susceptible for drug abuse and/or peer pressure:

  • Feeling abandonment, anxiety, fear, anger, etc.
  • Being asked to take on additional responsibilities can add pressure to family members
  • Inconsistency in the family dynamic may make it easier for family members to use substances
  • Denial that a family member is struggling with substances may only perpetuate the problem

Make zero-tolerance for substance abuse a strict value in your family.

HealthyChildren.org notes that it all starts with parents – preventative talks can help children in the family understand the dangerousness of abusing substances and explaining clear rules against drug use can help as well. Maintain open communication as much as possible and foster a healthy family dynamic. If family members feel their voice is heard, they’ll be less likely to turn to substances.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that certain parenting skills – such as listening, following up with family members in the household, and holding one another accountable can greatly help maintain stability at home. If you’ve been battling substance abuse, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today – it’s never too late to take back control of your life.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers, and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first. For more information, call 1-800-646-9998 today.

The side effects that come with addiction and crystal methThere are major concerns about the use of crystal methamphetamine; the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) a stimulant drug, crystal meth can lead to a person experiencing severe mood swings, tremors or convulsions, hypothermia, significant weight loss and more. “Tweaking” is a term used when the drug is no longer producing a “high” effect. A person going through this stage may experience intense cravings and urges to use the substance – and psychotic symptoms, like paranoia, can really place a person in danger.

Ice psychosis is the term used to describe this intense paranoia that can occur from crystal meth. The Conversation, a website that provides information on culture, health and medicine, politics and society, and more, defines ice psychosis as,

“…Suspiciousness and paranoia, hallucinations, and unusual or agitated behavior. Individuals often lose touch with reality, and may not have an understanding of what is happening to them.”

A 2019 study published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review emphasizes that throughout ice psychosis, negative voices can occur which make a person prone to experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Hypervigilance
  • Shame and Self-blame
  • Dissociation
  • Trouble processing emotions

Researchers have pondered how some individuals experience ice psychosis and others don’t; in 2018, researchers found that the occurrence of ice psychosis is related to the frequency of methamphetamine use and the severity of the dependence.  If you have a loved one who has struggled with crystal methamphetamine dependency, ice psychosis could be a very real concern – and the best way for your loved one to recover from this is to seek help.

Psychological interventions are often what’s needed, and recovery may include detoxification along with individual and group support, medical assistance, nutritional guidance and more. 12-Step programs have been shown to provide those in addiction recovery with a valuable support network along with structure to develop healthier ways of living. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help that you or your loved one needs – you’re not alone, and there are effective ways to help a person regain stability after ice psychosis.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Physical signs of methamphetamineAs the New York Times stated in February of 2018, methamphetamine may have taken a brief halt after Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Act back in 2005, but cartels have found a way to create a “new” methamphetamine that is pure and very low-cost. Steven Bell, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated,

“…They have perfected the production and manufacturing of methamphetamine…They have figured out the chemical reactions to get the best bang for their bucks.”

Methamphetamine addiction can cause a lot of physical harm to the body. One of the most commonly mentioned consequences of meth use is the damage it can cause to a person’s oral health. A 2016 study published in the journal BMC Oral Health sought to explore just how prevalent oral health concerns are among those with methamphetamine addiction. After assessing 100 individuals with the addiction, researchers compared their oral health to 100 other individuals without addiction. This is what they found:

  • 72% of individuals with meth addiction reported dry mouth
  • 68% of these individuals reported jaw clenching
  • 47% reported pain in the temporomandibular joint (two joints that connect the jawbone to the skull)

Dental erosions may also occur and many of these oral health concerns are what is called “meth mouth” by many. There are more concerns that oral health, however. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states, chronic methamphetamine use can lead to significant weight loss as well as skin sores from itching – which often stem from the paranoia of meth that causes many people to think insects are “crawling” under the skin.

Some of the effects from methamphetamine addiction may become permanent, while others may have the ability to health and improve over time. Recovery is a lifelong process, but the sooner you or a loved one seeks help, the greater the chances of healing those physical, mental and spiritual wounds that addiction brings on.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.


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