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Facts about Drug Abuse and Treatment: What You Should Know

Posted on :  September 26th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Treating drug abuse is not a subjective experience. Even though people often require customized programs, there is real science behind the choices that physicians and counselors make. There are many facts about drug abuse and treatment that are unknown outside of the circle of addicts and their caregivers. Drug abuse continues to grow as more and more substances are available. In order to prevent drug abuse and to understand why it happens, knowledge truly is power.

These are some important facts to understand regarding drug abuse and treatment:

  1. Drug abuse is technically classified as a disorder. The condition is defined by the use of a substance that creates a pattern of self destruction as well as serious distress that could also create tolerances and problematic withdrawal issues.
  2. In North America, close to 10% of the population has a recognized problem with drugs and has been diagnosed with a drug use disorder.
  3. Drug abuse disorder can happen to anyone at nearly any age.
  4. Drug abuse disorder can be paired with a mental health disorder. This is called a dual diagnosis.
  5. If a substance creates a high when ingested, it can become a drug of abuse. Some of the most common substances are household cleaners.
  6. Nearly all substances that are abused can create devastating changes in the lives of the people who ingest them and their circle of people. This occurs despite the fact that abused drugs have different effects on the body and the mind.
  7. The cause of drug abuse cannot be narrowed down to one reason. In fact, the causes are actually combined with social, psychological, and biological reasons. And, those reasons do not have to be from all three categories with every single person. Some people might simply have a social risk factor, while someone else could have a biological and psychology factor.
  8. Drug abuse symptoms vary based on the drug of abuse. But, many people who abuse drugs have some similar issues. They usually end up having legal issues, life-threatening experiences, troubles holding jobs, extreme tolerances to the drug of abuse, and the constant goal of obtaining the drug at all costs. Drug abuse becomes the way of life.
  9. Most addictive drugs that create strong highs affect the cognitive areas of the brain.
  10. The majority of people who are addicted to drugs still do not get the help they need, despite the fact that most communities have available programs.
  11. When an addict enters a treatment program, the steps include stopping the use of the drug, preventing any relapse, getting back into a healthy lifestyle through rehabilitation.
  12. For many addicts who are in treatment, the first stage of treatment often includes a medical detox program, like methadone, because withdrawal symptoms can be painful.
  13. The mental struggles with addiction also create difficulties with all aspects of treatment. The mind really does want the user to get back to the drug, even at the end stages of the treatment program.
  14. Dual diagnosis can make treatment more difficult, so the mental health issues are often incorporated into the addiction treatment program. Recovery is more difficult with a dual diagnosis, but many people have success.
  15. Most people who are involved in drug abuse treatment programs will continue to have moments when they feel the need to relapse. Some do and there is nothing wrong with returning to the treatment program to get back on track.

Understanding basic facts about drug abuse and the difficulties that come with treatment make it easier for everyone involved with an addict to understand what is really happening. If more people understand the truth about drug abuse treatment, then more people will be able to have successful recovery and lives away from those harmful substances.

If you have questions, please contact us at Towards Recovery Clinics.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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