You didn’t set out to become a drug addict. Many start using drugs out of curiosity, or to self-treat some underlying physical or mental condition (pain, depression, trauma) but then find themselves addicted and unable to function without the drugs or alcohol. No matter what happened in your past you can move forward with your life, but it starts with the right substance abuse recovery program.
Life is full of stressors – whether we are dealing with our work, family, or our health. Many people cope with stress in different ways. But one of the least helpful ways to deal with stress is through substance abuse, because substance abuse can lead to job loss, financial issues, major health problems and sometimes even death.
How Substance Abuse Affects You
There are many harmful effects that substance abuse has on the brain, overall health and on other aspects of life. Here are some of the more troubling problems that drug abusers deal with, day in and day out:
- Substance abuse is responsible for more deaths, illnesses and disabilities than any other preventable health condition.
- Substance abuse can lead to behavioral issues such as paranoia, impaired judgment, impulsiveness and loss of self-control.
- Impaired judgment leads to issues with friends and family.
- Irreparable brain damage, dementia, memory loss and suicidal thoughts become more common.
- It can ruin your life financially, forcing you to get a lower status job, while spending a large chunk of income on drug money.
- Pregnant woman that have substance abuse issues are more likely to experience birth defects.
Did you know that 22.5 million people (8.5 percent of the U.S. population) aged 12 or older needed treatment for drug or alcohol abuse in 2014? A National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that only 4.2 million (18.5 percent of those who needed treatment) received any substance abuse treatment in the same year. SAMSHA noted that of these 4.2 million, about 2.6 million people received treatment from specialty substance abuse recovery programs.
These numbers show us that while many people need help, not everybody is ready to find a solution for addiction. But before considering whether you need a substance abuse recovery program, it’s important to ask yourself: do you or your loved one feel the need to change the following things?
- The way you deal with stress.
- How you think about yourself.
- Who you allow in your life.
- What you do in your free time.
Don’t Fear Substance Abuse Recovery or Treatment
Here are a few of the biggest reasons why people have second thoughts about checking into substance abuse centers:
- Many addicts fear the unknown—it’s been a long time since they’ve been sober.
- The abuser feels like they are being coerced into finding help, rather than checking into a facility under their own will.
- The individual feels as if the symptoms are too severe to overcome.
- A false sense of confidence allows the person to believe that they do not need help recovering.
Whether is is changing jobs or the people they hang out with, most people are worried about making drastic lifestyle changes necessary for a full recovery. They feel that going to rehab is a sign of weakness, while others believe that rehab might be out of their price range. Fortunately, that never has to be the case when you’re working with the substance abuse recovery program at Willow Springs Recovery.