Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a dependence on legal or illegal drugs or medications. It has been estimated that over 7 million Americans are currently battling a drug use disorder, 100 of which die due to a drug overdose per day. This is a rate that has almost tripled in the past 20 years.
It can be extremely difficult to stop the pattern of abuse, breaking free from addiction often requires outside help. Through the research of others, as well as our own experiences it has been found that most people who seek help, feel better!
How We Can Help
- Develop the skills needed to stop or reduce drug abuse
- Help to build a strong social support system
- Set reachable goals
- Coping with or avoiding triggers that might cause relapse
- Resources to assist with housing, employment, and skill building.
- Difficulty controlling how much or when one uses drugs
- A need for more of the drug to get the same buzz as before
- Drugs are taken to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms
- Temporary blackouts or memory loss
- Irritability, depression or mood swings
- Risky behaviors that threaten legal, financial and/or health consequences
- Needle marks and bruising near injection sites
- Bloodshot or glazed eyes
- Abrupt Weight changes
- Dilated or constricted pupils
Myth 1: Addiction is a disease, there’s nothing that can be done about it.
Fact: Most experts agree, addiction is a disease that affects the brain; however, that does not mean that anyone is helpless. The brain changes associated with addiction can be treated and reversed through the use of therapy, medication, exercise or other treatments.
Myth 2: Without hitting rock bottom, you can’t get better.
Fact: Treatment and recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process – the earlier the better. Don’t wait to intervene until you or your loved one has lost everything.
Myth 3: Treatment did not help before, there is no point in going again.
Fact: Drug addiction recovery is a process, one that often involves setbacks. If you did not find treatment successful before it does not mean that sobriety is a lost cause. Relapse can be used as a signal to get back on track. Many individuals find success by going back to treatment and adjusting the treatment approach.