Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 41

Familiarize yourself with these signs:
3 Bloodshot eyes
3 Changes in appetite or sleep
3 Sudden changes in weight
3 Deterioration of appearance
Tremors, slurred speech or
3
impaired coordination
3 Changes in work performance
3 Unexplained financial problems
3 Mood swings and irritability
Sudden change in interests
3
or friends
3 Unusual hyperactivity or lethargy

Start the
Conversation

If you think a loved one is misusing drugs
or alcohol, it's time to have a chat. Go in
with an open mind and a supportive spirit.
"That can be challenging, because it's
very natural for loved ones to be angry
or frustrated, making it easy to respond
with anger and demands," Saxon says.
"But you really need to try and broach
the topic in a loving, caring, nonconfrontational way."
Saxon recommends starting simply
by acknowledging a change in behavior and asking if everything is OK. Try
something like: "Hey, I've noticed you've
stopped playing racquetball with Dave,
and you just don't seem like yourself.
What's going on?"
If your loved one doesn't open up immediately, don't push. Revisit the conversation
another time. It may take several tries.

Go to
a Meeting

Attend a support group for families of
people dealing with drug and alcohol
addiction, whether in person or online.
Find one through Al-Anon (al-anon.org),
Nar-Anon (nar-anon.org) or Families
Anonymous (familiesanonymous.org).

Stop
Opioid
Overdose
in Its
Tracks
Naloxone is a drug that can
reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioids
if administered in time. Although
naloxone is one of the safest and
most effective care options in
the event of an overdose, it isn't
something that most people typically have on hand.
If you suspect an opioid overdose, call 911 and watch for the
following signs:

* Unresponsiveness
* Pale, gray or clammy skin
* Bluing lips or fingernails
* Very slow, irregular breathing
* Slow heartbeat
* Tiny pupils
Explain any symptoms you notice
once help arrives.

WEBSITE

Emergency Care
You Can Trust
In the event of an emergency, you can count on
Northside Hospital. Learn
more at northside.com/
emergencyservices.

"That would be one free and
readily available way to get advice
and to hear what other people have
done," Saxon says.

Talk to a
Professional

Saxon suggests making an appointment with a behavioral health provider, psychiatrist or psychologist to
discuss your loved one's behavior.
"They may say, 'Hey, that does
sound like an issue. Let's see if we
can get your family member to come
in [for a visit],' " he says.
If that doesn't work, at least
you'll have a professional to talk to
about the effect your loved one's
addiction is having on you.

Be Available, but
Protect Yourself

If repeated attempts fail to get
your loved one to admit there's a
problem, Saxon suggests focusing
on caring for yourself by seeking
support, distancing yourself if you
feel unsafe and never getting in the
car with someone who is under the
influence. Dealing with a loved one's
substance abuse is not only worrisome and stressful, but it also can
be dangerous. Some people become
aggressive and even violent when
under the influence.
"It might involve making
changes in the relationship, including temporary marital separation,"
Saxon says. But that doesn't mean
you can't still offer support.
"Continue with repeated
supportive messages," he says.
"Say, 'I love you, and I care about
you. If you're willing, I will assist
you in finding help.' " ■

WINTE R 2019

41


http://www.northside.com/EMERGENCYSERVICES http://www.northside.com/EMERGENCYSERVICES http://www.al-anon.org http://www.nar-anon.org http://www.familiesanonymous.org

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC

Contents
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - Cover1
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - Cover2
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - Contents
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 2
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 3
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 4
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 5
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 6
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 7
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 8
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 9
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 10
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 11
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 12
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 13
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 14
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 15
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 16
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 17
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 18
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 19
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 20
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 21
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 22
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 23
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 24
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 25
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 26
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 27
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 28
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 29
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 30
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 31
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 32
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 33
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 34
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 35
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 36
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 37
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 38
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 39
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 40
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 41
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 42
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 43
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 44
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 45
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 46
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 47
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 48
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 49
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 50
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 51
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 52
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 53
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 54
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 55
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - 56
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - Cover3
Vim & Vigor - Winter 2019 - GMC - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2020summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2020spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2019winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2019fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2019summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2019spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2018winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2018fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2018summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2018spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2017winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2017fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2017summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2017spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2016winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2016fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/manifest/vimvigor_2016summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2016spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2015winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2015fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2015summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2015spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2014winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2014fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2014summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2014spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2013winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2013fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2013summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2013spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2012winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2012fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2012summer-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2012spring-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2011winter-gmc
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcmurry/vimvigor_2011fall-gmc
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com