If you are worried that someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and is in need of immediate assistance, please contact one of the following agencies for help:
OhioGuidestone
(440) 260-8300 or
Toll-free 1-800-639-4974
Alternative Paths, Inc.
(330) 725-9195
DOES SOMEONE I CARE ABOUT HAVE A PROBLEM?

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SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DRUG ABUSE
People often believe that they are in control of how much and how often they take a drug. However, because of the effect drugs have on the brain, those who use drugs suddenly need the drugs just to feel normal. This is addiction and it quickly takes over your life.

Someone using drugs may show the following symptoms:
     • Isolation
     • Loss of interest
     • Poor hygiene
     • Fatigue
     • Nervous or irritable
     • Overly energetic
     • Abnormal sleeping habits
     • Eating more or less than usual

Learn more about addiction at w.drugabuse.gov
INFORMATION ON DETOX AND
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT
Contact one of the following agencies for assistance and information on residential treatment and detox options:

Alternative Paths, Inc.
(330) 725-9195
246 Northland Dr.,Ste 200A, Medina, OH 44256

OhioGuidestone
(440) 260-8300
246 Northland Drive, Medina, OH 44256

Once you have an assessment at Alternative Paths, Inc. or OhioGuidestone, your counselor can assist you with referrals for detox or residential services as clinically indiciated.

Learn more about medical detoxification here from the National Insitute on Drug Abuse

ADDICTION HELP

Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by craving, seeking, and use that can persist even with the knowledge of negative consequences.
MENTAL HEALTH HELP

Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders that can profoundly disrupt a persons' thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the daily demands of life.
ADVOCACY HELP

Assistance for those in need of support, crisis intervention, and help promoting their rights.
WHERE TO TURN IN TIMES OF IMMEDIATE NEED
CRISIS INTERVENTION FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE
1. Does the person take the drug in larger amounts or for longer than intended?
2. Do they want to cut down or stop using the drug but can’t?
3. Do they spend a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the drug?
4. Do they have cravings and urges to use the drug?
5. Are they unable to manage responsibilities at work, home, or school because of drug use?
6. Do they continue to use a drug, even when it causes problems in relationships?
7. Do they give up important social, recreational, or work-related activities because of drug use?
8. Do they use drugs again and again, even when it puts them in danger?
9. Do they continue to use, even while knowing that a physical or mental problem could have been caused or made worse by the drug?
10. Do they take more of the drug to get the wanted effect?
11. Have they developed withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the drug? (Some withdrawal symptoms can be obvious, but others can be more subtle-like irritability or nervousness.)