Are you worried that you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol? Do you know someone that you believe may have a substance addiction? If this is something you haven’t dealt with before, you probably have a lot of questions that need to be answered.
Below are a number of important facts about substance addiction.
Anyone can become addicted
Though some people have a higher risk of succumbing to addiction due to their genetic makeup, psychological issues, and social pressures, anyone can become an addict. This is because drugs and alcohol actually make chemical changes to your brain that lower your self-control and create a physical need for the substance.Read more: Substance Abuse Treatment
It’s not a problem of willpower or morals
Some believe that you just have to be strong or be a better person to beat addiction, but they don’t understand how substance addiction actually changes addicts’ brains. This disease is complex, and simply wanting to quit is rarely enough for someone to succeed. (DrugAbuse.gov)
Addiction is costly
Every year in the U.S., people spend $193 billion on illegal drugs, and one dollar out of every hundred on alcohol. And since those alcohol numbers merely average what everyone in the country spends, it is likely that alcoholics are putting a much higher percentage of their earnings towards drinking.
When programs for substance addiction engage in both therapeutic behavior practices and specific medications, both chosen to meet the individual’s unique situation and needs, research has shown that treatment is successful. The highest rate of success occurs when people use programs that treat all of their issues that are intertwined with the substance addiction, including teaching them to cope with social stress and any psychological problems they may have.
Because substance addiction is a chronic disease, people relapse—even after treatment. In this way, there’s little difference between addiction and other chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Rather than relapse indicating that the treatment didn’t work, it’s usually a sign that the addict probably needs to return to a program or alter the kind of treatment they’re getting so that they can take control of their lives again. The most important thing that you can do to help with substance addiction is become educated on how the disease affects people and what kind of options there are to help someone find the right and the best treatment and recover.
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