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Substance Abuse Throughout The Nation

Substance abuse is a problem amongst people of all ages, sex, race and cultural backgrounds. Despite attempts made by law officials and anti-drug and alcohol abuse advocates, substance abuse shows no signs of slowing down. Drug and alcohol abuse is a growing epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives in the Untied States alone. In 2010, alcohol abuse took more than 85,000 lives, prescription medication overdoses caused 22,134 deaths, and drug overdoses claimed more than 38,000 lives. Those who are lucky enough to live through each use of these highly addictive substance are at great risk of developing physical and psychological dependencies, consuming their lives and forever changing them for the worst.

What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is the intentional misuse of alcohol, inhalants, illicit and prescription drugs. The person is using these substances with the intent of finding pleasure within its intoxicating effects. While they may use the drug time and time again without suffering any dangerous health effects or problems within their person lives, its regular use will catch up to them at some point and cause damage that can not be undone.

A Step Before Dependency

For many substance abuse is the step before a dependency. They will abuse these highly addictive substances with no intentions of making it a regular thing. The effects become addicting and the increase the frequency of its use to the point where their body develops a tolerance that requires larger doses to acheive the desired effects. Soon after a physical and psychological dependency will occur where the patient craves the substance and when stopping its use they are overwhelmed by symptoms of withdrawal. At this point they begin to see changes in their personal life, work and health. Stopping the use of their substance of choice seems impossible without the help of a treatment facility.

Overcoming a Substance Abuse Problem

If you or a loved one are suffering from a substance abuse problem and can not stop on your own then a treatment program will be your best choice. Both outpatient and residential treatment programs will offer you the supportive care needed to overcome your substance abuse problem before it turns into an out of control addiction.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment program’s help patients overcome their substance abuse problem while remaining in the comfort of their home. The patient attends daily appointments at the treatment facility as a part of their individual treatment plan. The patient will be detoxed from the chemicals and toxins associated with drug and alcohol abuse. If the patient suffers withdrawal symptoms and cravings they can be treated with pharmaceutical therapy.

Daily individual and group counseling sessions will help the patient get to the root cause of their substance abuse problem and work through it. The patient will be able develop the tools they will need to help curb cravings and ignore temptation, remaining sober without risk of relapse.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment program’s help patient to leave temptation by packing up and moving into the treatment facility while they work through the initial stages of recovery. The patient will go through a medical detoxification process where they will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to drug and alcohol abuse with the aid of a prescription medication to ease cravings and symptoms of withdrawal.

The patient will go through one on one counseling sessions to get to the root cause of their problem and work through it. Group counseling will allow the patient to share their personal experience with substance abuse with others and learn key tools they will need to maintain their sobriety through others sharing. Behavioral modification therapy techniques will help the patient identify the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and routines associated with substance abuse and change them to ones that promote sober living. The patient will learn relapse prevention tools that will help them remain sober when returning home.

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Sharon from Ohio

Getting my life back in order was probably the most important thing in the world to me at that point. I was down and feeling hopeless. Thank god there are people who care.

Alex from Florida

I guess when you have a problem you don’t want to admit it. After pretty much destroying everything around me and getting to the point where I was homeless – enough was enough. Thanks to the support and the community that lifted me up I am not over 2 years sober.

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Substance Abuse Throughout The Nation


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