How Do You Know That It’s Time to Get Treatment?
07/05/19: AddictionFacing up to the fact that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol isn’t easy. There are over 20 million people in the US alone who struggle with substance abuse, and of those, only around 7.5% will actually get help. Given the burden on families, communities, and the national budget that results from addiction it can be difficult to understand why more people don’t seek addiction treatment. While each person is different, there are some common reasons that people don’t go for addiction treatment. The main one is that around 96% of people who are misusing substances don’t believe their issue is enough to warrant any treatment. Many of them don’t believe they have a problem, even when there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The second reason that many people don’t seek assistance is that they are ashamed. They might realize they have a problem, but they are embarrassed. Historically, there has been a stigma around addiction, even now, when it has been defined as a disease; it is not viewed the same way as diabetes or cancer. Shame can be debilitating and it certainly leads to many people to avoid getting the help they need. The third reason is fear. Fear that they won’t be able to get clean, fear of the pain of withdrawal, and an overwhelming fear about the future. Getting clean is a huge commitment and it can be a scary prospect for many people. There are myriad other reasons, but these are the main arguments that the majority of people will make. How do you know when it’s time to get addiction treatment? When should you not put it off any longer? We look at five signs that it’s time to get help to overcome your substance abuse.
- Memory Fog/Blackouts
- Experiencing Withdrawal
- Drinking or Taking Drugs Alone
- Lying About Your Usage
- Being Unable to Stop
A Variety of Addiction TreatmentsRemember that you don’t need to be addicted to seek help for drug or alcohol abuse. If your habit is affecting your life in a negative way, then speak to a professional about getting help. Some people go to rehab before they are full-blown addicts and that is the best way to ensure that you have a bright future, free of dependency, or substance abuse. Therapy is always recommended, as you have to understand the reasons why you are abusing a substance in the first place – for many people it’s a form of self-medication for an underlying problem. There are many different treatments available these days so you can find one that works for you. There is no shame in getting help and it puts you on the path to a healthier, brighter future without the clouds of substance abuse hanging over you. Content for Arizona Addiction created by Cohn Media, LLC. Passionate and creative writing and broadcasting, covering the following industries: addiction rehab, health care, entertainment, technology and the food/restaurant industry. Advocate of clear communication, positivity and humanity at its best. www.cohn.media
Content for Arizona Addiction Recovery Centers created by Cohn Media, LLC. Passionate and creative writing and broadcasting, covering the following industries: addiction rehab, health care, entertainment, technology and advocate of clear communication, positivity and humanity at its best. www.cohn.media
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