Drug Addiction Education
The Importance of Understanding Yourself and Your Addiction
One of the main problems facing addictions and substance abuse is that the effects, causes, and challenges associated with it are not common knowledge. Sprout Health Florida wants to inform every individual about what’s involved in this type of addiction so that they have the resources needed to overcome or avoid their addiction and possibly help others steer clear of substance abuse dependence.
There are three main categories which we feel we must inform every patient and loved one. These are:
- Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
- How to live a normal healthy life
To many affected individuals and their close friends and relatives, the choice to engage in substance abuse may be unknown. The users often put blame on themselves, thinking that they are “just that kind of person”, weak, or unintelligent. The user’s family or peers might come to the same accusations or just assume that something is wrong with them. One of the most common questions family and friends ask, when learning about a loved one’s problem with substance abuse, is “why?”.
Whether it is narcotics or alcohol abuse, there is usually an unresolved issue that the substance abuser is dealing with. When that person comes into contact with drugs or alcohol, they find that the abuse solves the problem for a moment and makes them feel better. They are often attempting to self-medicate to resolve a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
Our first challenge at Sprout Health Florida is to identify those underlying issues that complicate the problem.
It is important not to confuse the terms addiction and substance abuse. Addiction can include behaviors as well as substances and is not limited to drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse, on the other hand, is limited to drugs and alcohol but does not need to be an addiction. For example, if someone takes 5X the recommended amount of painkillers in order to get a high, they are engaging in substance abuse even if they are not addicted to the pain killers yet.
Addiction is part of some people’s genetic makeup. It is an actual disease and should be treated and understood. By knowing that you are one of the people prone to addiction, you can know to avoid behaviors that would prove problematic or addictive.
Substance abuse is one of those behaviors. The practice of self-medication or alcoholism in an effort to relieve problematic symptoms of trauma, depression, pain, or stress, usually leads down the grim path of addiction.
Life After Addiction
Life after detox and therapy can be very strange and new to someone who has struggled with an addiction for a long time. Sprout Health Florida teaches patients how to live a healthy and manageable life after rehab. We provide useful tools and practices such as yoga, meditation, nutrition, family counseling and support groups to help keep you on track and get your life back.