Triumph Over Drug Addiction
For those struggling with substance abuse, life becomes an endless cycle of anxiety, fear, and depression. The fear of running out of drugs and the anxiety over where to find more plague those who have become addicted to any substance. If you are caught in this abusive rat race, realize that you can stop. Many people require help to get clean and sober and break free from the shackles of addiction.
Understanding that addiction is a disease is important to overcoming the depression, guilt and shame that comes with using. You are not responsible for having the disease but you are responsible for your own recovery. No one dreams of becoming addicted to drugs as a child. Drug addiction does not equal a weak will or moral failing. There is help and there is hope, you just have to do the work and that starts with reaching out and getting help.
The Epidemic of Addiction
Prescription drug abuse stories have become regular headlines in recent years. It is really no wonder that so many people are struggling with substance abuse in the United States, every other commercial is concerned with pharmaceuticals. Many people start their drug addiction with a legitimate prescription and find that they cannot stop. Some graduate to more potent and dangerous street drugs, but many continue to struggle with prescription drug addiction for years or decades.
The stigma surrounding addiction is killing people by the tens of thousands. 27% of people struggling with mental health or drug addiction did not seek treatment between 2009-2011 because of the stigma involved, according to the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). With approximately one in every ten American adults struggling with substance abuse, no one should feel that his or her difficulties with addictive substances is abhorrent, or even abnormal. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, get help. You deserve it. Call 1-910-729-6829.
Addiction is Suffering
Drug abuse is considered by many to be a symptom of other underlying issues. Often, many people with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or another mood disorder use drugs as a means of self-medicating. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, in 2012 one third of people admitted to treatment for substance abuse also had a co-occurring disorder.
Understanding the role of drugs is an important step to overcoming addiction. Addiction treatment centers around learning coping mechanisms to lessen or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms without the use of drugs. Drug therapy may also be appropriate for some. Medical professionals often recommend anti-depressants, for example, to combat the symptoms of depression, especially when the person has been self-medicating. Getting the medical attention necessary greatly increases a person’s likelihood of successful recovery.
Drug addiction devastates many people’s lives, but suffering is not required to stop using. Modern medicine has devised new options for those detoxing off drugs. Treatment centers often offer a variety of other therapeutic approaches to maximize each person’s chance of success. Individual, group and family therapy and many other activities help the person identify issues and grow. Whatever methods work best for you, there is support and care for everyone.