The need for drug and alcohol rehabilitation is necessary more now than ever before due to the amount of people in all age groups abusing substances or addicted to prescription drugs, marijuana, alcohol and other street drugs. Unfortunately today more and more young people are experimenting with drugs and alcohol, more people are looking for ways to self-medicate symptoms of anxiety and depression, and there's always a new way of getting high with step by step instructions that can be found on the internet.
No matter what substance is abused there are consequences associated with use. Treatment for drug abuse and addiction is getting harder to treat today in many ways because there are so many poly drug users. Today many people aren't just abusing one drug they're abusing multiple drugs sometimes to experience more intense 'highs'. Mixing alcohol with drugs is very common anymore and there are plenty of alcoholic beverages on the market today to choose from. Sadly a person can search the internet and not only find new ways to get high but how to get the 'specific high' they're looking for.
Rehabilitation for substance abuse and addiction has come a long way due to research and we know now that one size doesn't fit all meaning that there isn't one specific program that's appropriate for all people in need of help and rehabilitation. We also understand that detoxification and withdrawal symptoms associated with drug and alcohol abuse and dependency is just a part of addiction and that brain function is also affected. The emotional and psychological aspects of addiction also need to be addressed during treatment.
There are a lot of people who are in need of drug or alcohol rehabilitation that aren't addicted to the drugs but they can't stop using and experimenting with them. This can and does lead to addiction most of the time. The earlier a person gets help for their behaviors associated with substance abuse the better their chances are of not becoming addicted in the future. A lot of people have a hard time asking for help because it makes them feel weak but I promise you it's just the opposite. Seeking help is honorable and shows great strength. The more knowledge you gain about drug or alcohol abuse, addiction, and the long term consequences associated with substance abuse the easier it is to change destructive thoughts and behaviors.
There are a variety of effective treatment programs and support groups today that can help an individual safely detox from chemical use, maintain sobriety, and manage their recovery from the use and need of drugs and alcohol. Rehabilitation and 12 Step Support Groups are both very beneficial especially when combined with comprehensive individualized treatment programs addressing the individual's personal needs.
Unfortunately a lot of people who have abused drugs or alcohol for a long period of time think they can manage their substance use or addiction on their own. Detox is worrisome to them but they think treatment and rehabilitation is a waste of time and un-necessary. Quite often people that are in need of treatment end up in the emergency room and as soon as detoxification is completed, they sign their self out with the intentions of managing their symptoms on their own without outside professional help and support. Most people drink or use within 24 hours after leaving the hospital unless they attend a 12 Step support program or seek professional treatment. They don't realize there is so much more to sobriety and recovery than getting the drugs, chemicals and toxins out of their system. Addiction is a life-long illness that can be successfully managed with the right support, knowledge and treatment.
It's almost impossible to change or fix something you don't fully understand. There are so many underlying issues that need to be addressed when it comes to substance abuse and addiction and without some form of help or treatment the destructive behaviors will continue. Rehabilitation programs are designed to:
- Evaluate the individual's brain function, emotional state and physical health.
- Develop a program of treatment that's based on the results of the individual's full evaluation because no two people are alike or share the exact same needs.
Co-occurring Disorders are also referred to as dual diagnosis. It's extremely common for frequent, long term or chronic users of drugs and alcohol to have a mental illness such as depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder at the same time. Sometimes this has a lot to do with the individual's destructive behavior in the first place. When a person does suffer with a dual diagnosis if both illnesses aren't addressed and treated at the same time, it's almost impossible to successfully recover from destructive behaviors or addiction.
Provide counseling or therapy that addresses the unique needs of the individual, help them develop positive coping skills, and help them manage their recovery process. Understanding and changing negative and destructive thoughts and behaviors is very successful with the help and guidance of an addiction counselor or therapist.
Rehabilitation provides education and knowledge associated with substance use, addiction, and the short and long term consequences associated with these destructive behaviors.
Many inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs also offer programs like; medication assisted detoxification, wellness programs like nutrition, fitness or meditation, 12 Step based therapy, relapse prevention education, life skill education, and family activities.
Substance abuse can lead to addiction which is a life-long illness and without knowledge, support, and the necessary tools needed to strengthen recovery abstinence and sobriety can be hard to manage on your own.
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