Substance Abuse Treatment
Deadly and Addictive
Substance Abuse Destroys Families and Lives
When we hurt ourselves, we hurt the people that care about us. This is even more evident in the case of substance abuse. When individuals resort to mind altering drugs to relieve their distress, the original unhappiness becomes intensified and is accompanied by life altering symptoms such as isolation, secrecy, lethargy, lack of enthusiasm, selfishness, and ultimately dependence. Once the individual becomes dependent on the drugs they’ve been abusing, they become desperate and risk jobs, relationships, and even their own lives in pursuit of their substance-induced high. This puts a serious strain on themselves and the people around them.
What is Considered Substance Abuse
Addiction is usually an unavoidable consequence of substance abuse and is often just a matter of time. Substance abuse is characterized as continuous and excessive use of any drug in order to alleviate an overwhelming inner conflict or in order to escape from the reality an individual does not wish to face. The types of substances abused can range from prescription drugs (painkillers, antidepressants, Adderall, cough medicine), to heroin, meth, ecstasy, and even alcohol. Whatever is used is often whatever is most available and whatever helps them cope with their life problems. Once the individual engages in substance abuse, to solve an internal problem it becomes almost inevitable that they will continue using. Continued substance abuse will create a physical dependency that can only be resolved with a careful detox.
The Dangers of Substance Abuse
When substance abuse is left untreated, there is eventually only one way out: overdose. While the greatest danger of overdosing is obvious, the other risks are not as apparent. Even after treatment, the effects of most drugs are detrimental to one’s health and can have very negative lasting effects. It is important to seek help as soon as possible because the longer the drug abuse continues, the more damage it does to the body and mind.
What To Do If You Suspect Substance Abuse
First, look for the symptoms. If you notice the following signs, it may be time to intervene.
- Isolation. All at once, it seems that the individual has started to disappear from normal social situations. They just don’t show up anymore at work, outings or family events and they never disclose their whereabouts. What this individual may be hiding is likely an addiction.
- Lethargic Behavior. They may go from normal activity to nothing at all. Sleeping all day, constantly laying down or just slow movement with no enthusiasm or energy.
- Excessive and Unexplained Spending. Substance abuse is an expensive pastime and requires a lot of money to maintain. If someone can’t handle their usual budget or seems to be spending large amounts of money without justifiable cause, they could very well be blowing it all on their habit.
When it is known that an individual is involved with substance abuse, it is time to find help. It doesn’t matter if that individual claims to not have an addiction or “be able to stop whenever they want”. The sooner they get treatment the better off they will be.
Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse
Sprout Health Florida uses a comprehensive and customized program that addresses the entire individual, treating the addiction and the underlying cause of the addiction. The detox, counseling, and therapy programs rid patients of their chemical dependencies and prevent future relapse. At Sprout Health Florida the whole family is involved in the process and great measures are taken to successfully help patients cope with real world challenges and necessities.
The end to your addiction or your loved one’s addiction can be accomplished by calling our number. Don’t lose another minute of life to substance abuse.