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What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is the intentional misuse of alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription medications and even house hold products as inhalants. The person abusing these substances is doing so for its pleasurable effects of euphoria and additional stimulant or depressant effects depending on the substance. People turn to substance abuse for many different reasons; peer pressure, boredom, pain relief or to simply escape from reality for a period of time.

The regular abuse of drugs and alcohol can turn the persons life up side down, having undesired effects. Prolonged use of drugs and alcohol can land the person with a physical and psychological dependency to the substance, unable to stop its use on their own. Their work, school and home life are drastically effected. Their financial situation takes a turn for the worst and they loose interest in things they once enjoyed. Their lives quickly come to revolve around their substance of choice, stopping its use seems impossible.

The Substance Abuse Epidemic

Substance abuse is an on going problem that is turning into an epidemic throughout the United States. Despite all efforts of law enforcement to shut down the drug trade, misuse of prescription drugs and inhalants and control alcohol use throughout the nation the problem continues to grow. This increases the need for treatment facilities as the number of addicts grow as well. Educational programs are developing throughout the nation as a way of educating youth before they begin drug and alcohol abuse, and even offering educational and treatment services to those who are currently abusing various substances.

Why Do People Abuse Drags and Alcohol?

Some people abuse drugs and alcohol because they are bored. Some easily fall victim to peer pressures. Others do so as a way to mask mental, emotional or physical pain. They are using drug as a crutch, a way to escape from reality. While they are able to fill their time and ease their pain for a short while when abusing drugs and alcohol when its effects ware off they are left feeling low and in worse shape than before they started abusing their substance of choice.

Seeking Help For a Substance Abuse Problem

Whether you are addicted to drugs and alcohol or feel you may become addicted due to a substance abuse problem then entering into a treatment facility can help you regain control of your life. A substance abuse counselor will help you throughout your stay within the treatment facility, they will offer you the support you need throughout your treatment. All aspects to your treatment process will be tailored to your individual needs, guiding you through the beginning stages of recovery and helping you to prepare for your return home.

Treatment Aspects
  • Medical Detox – You will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to substance abuse with the aid of a prescription medication to ease any symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Individual Counseling – You will have one-on-one sessions with a substance abuse counselor that will help you to identify the underlying cause to your addiction, fully understand substance abuse and help you to work through any issues you may have.
  • Group Counseling – You will be able to help others and in return help yourself by sharing your addiction and ways that you have managed to maintain your sobriety in the “real world”.
  • Family Counseling – You will invite your friends and family to join you in treatment. This will allow you the opportunity to apologize for any hurt and problems your substance abuse problem has brought to their lives. They will be able to express their feelings to you without making you feel attacked. You will be able to mend broken relationships with your friends and family and develop a support system for when you leave the treatment facility.
  • Behavioral Modification Therapy – You will be able to identify and change the dysfunction thoughts, behaviors and routines that are associated to substance abuse. This is where you will learn how to make healthy choices and develop relapse prevention tools.
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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.

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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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