Identification of addictions and getting help
When a child or a loved one starts acting strangely, your suspicions are usually aroused. The last thing to cross your mind is that addiction might be the cause. The affected person may be struggling for a way out and find themselves at an impasse. It’s a difficult situation, and one that can catch loved ones completely off guard.
Identifying drug addiction is the first step to recovery
Femida offers services for addiction detection, with full confidentiality. The sooner relatives learn about the addiction in question, the higher the likelihood of rehabilitation and the return to a full life.
Often, a dependent person believes that they can leave addiction behind at any time. Or they become so ill, that they cannot manage without their next fix. For some people, taking drugs has been a long-term habit, and they don’t want to give up the ‘high’.
The wealthier the family, the easier and more tempting is to access synthetic substances or cocaine, “the golden youth” drug.
These are the addiction signs to look out for if you’re concerned:
- secrecy, avoiding answers to questions about leisure activities,
- cancelling scheduled meetings using far-fetched excuses,
- strange behaviour and unwillingness to engage with friends/family or create new relationships,
- problems at school or at work – missed classes or absenteeism,
- sleep disturbances, weight loss, pallor and other external signs,
- financial problems and changes in expenditure habits.
There are other causes however, that may cause similar symptoms: relationship problems and heartbreak, health issues, or depression. But when it comes to a teenager, or young adult, drug use should always be considered – you never know.
What Femida can do to help
We identify the actual causes of the suspicious behaviour. Detectives act secretly, imperceptibly, following a clear protocol:
- monitoring the subject’s residence, and their weekday and weekend routines,
- identifying their contacts, especially recent or suspicious ones,
- monitoring their regular leisure venues for the sale of drugs,
- prevention of potential criminal contact with dealers,
- conducting examinations and analysis (based on samples of saliva, hair).
After confirming the dependence, we give recommendations on what to do next. We engage a psychologist who helps the subject to cope with emotions and the implications of breaking their addiction habit.
Furthermore, we facilitate:
- mediation between the dependent person and their loved ones,
- paperwork and placement into the clinic.
The agency provides escort assistance to the hospital and monitors the subject’s behaviour after discharge. While doing so, we conduct ourselves within legal parameters.
We also help in identifying other addictive behaviour, such as alcoholism and gambling.