Recognizing the Signs of Addiction
Acknowledging the signs of drug abuse in either yourself or in a loved one can be a difficult process. Many people find it hard to confront the behavior that is triggered by substance addiction, or they may not recognize it when they see it. Here are some that you or someone you know are struggling with addiction:
*An overwhelming urge to use one’s substance of choice
*Going into debt to obtain the drug
*Missing work, school, or family obligations because of the need to use a certain substance
*Engaging in risky activities while under the influence of a drug
*Withdrawing from your previous social circle
*Getting into legal trouble when you previously had no issues with the law
If you notice these signs in yourself or someone else for a period of a month or more, then it may be time for professional help.
Choosing to Seek Help
While you may have recognized the signs of an addiction problem either in yourself or in a loved one, you may still be unsure as to how that problem can be overcome. It is not a problem that can be solved on its own; in fact, it can be dangerous to even attempt doing so. Medical and professional help is needed during this time. A person who wants to work on their drug addiction issues can also benefit greatly from the professional treatment found in inpatient therapy programs.
The Benefits of Professional Treatment
Inpatient therapy programs can last anywhere from 30 days to 90 days, and most are covered by insurance. This type of rehabilitation facility offers all of these benefits to patients on a 24/7 schedule. After the initial period of withdrawal has passed, specialists help patients work on their mental health. Each patient will have access to group therapy meetings, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions, and the opportunity to participate in activities that encourage new coping mechanisms and new skills. This will help them build a stable living environment after they successfully complete the program.
The biggest advantage of inpatient therapy is that participants will be completely removed from the environment in which they experienced issues with drug abuse and addiction. They have no access to the people and places which they associate with substance use. Outpatient therapy does not provide the stable living situation that someone recovering from addiction truly needs. If the person goes to outpatient sessions at a hospital or clinic and then returns home afterward, they will constantly be facing the scenario in which their drug abuse problem was developed and sustained. The risk that they will relapse will be quite high. Inpatient therapy is the best way forward for those who are ready to move on from substance addiction.
Overcoming substance abuse and drug addiction requires significant effort and dedication. Seeking professional treatment is the best possible way to ensure recovery and minimize the risk of relapse.