Alcoholism and Drug addiction are common problems throughout the Untied States. As of 2010, Sixty-Seven percent of the U.S. population drink alcohol. Nearly nine percent of the U.S. population use illegal drugs, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. A 2010 estimate of twenty percent of U.S. population use prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.
The use of alcohol has long been socially acceptable and abuse of illicit and prescription drugs has always been kept ‘hush hush’. Most keep their use of these substances under control but others easily loose control and find themselves addicted and in desperate need of help.
Alcoholism has been recognized as a physiological disease by the American Medical Association since 1956. Alcoholism is the uncontrollable compulsion to drink alcohol regardless of the negative consequences it has on the addicts life and the lives of those around them. An alcoholic has an inhabilty to stop using alcohol often resulting in; chronic damage to physical health, financial hardship, loss of employment or academic failures, legal troubles, as well as problems with family and friends.
Illicit Drug Addiction
Drug addiction is a psychologic or physical dependence on illicit drugs. It is a condition characterized by an overwhelming urge to continue taking a drug regardless of the negative effects it has on ones health and life. The addict craves the effects of the drug, suffering from a compulsion to obtain the drug and thoughts of when they will get high next. The drug begins to control their life resulting in loss of employment, academic failures, financial problems, physical and emotional strain on family and friends, legal troubles relating to poor decision making, as well as physical and psychological damage to ones health.
Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription Drug Addiction is the non-medical use of a prescription drug resulting in a physical and/or psychological addiction. Many begin using a prescription drug for a legitimate medical condition, turning to abuse and addiction of the medication. Others began using the drugs for recreational purposes of the mind altering effects. The user addicted to prescription drugs begins to experience drug seeking behaviors such as regular visits to different doctors to receive prescriptions for the medication they have become dependent upon. Many will beg, borrow and steal the drug from friends and family. They may have health problems as a result of their drug abuse, trouble with personal relationships, work and school, as well as other strains caused by addiction.
If you or your loved one is addiction to drug and/or alcohol there are rehab centers that can provide them with the care they need to become sober and productive members of society again. Forcing your loved one into sobriety is not going to work, for them to be successful they must take the first step and admit they have a problem. Going from there, they can reach their goal of living a sober lifestyle.
When contacting an Alcohol and Drug Rehab Center you will go through an assessment process to determine the correct course of treatment. Some only require an outpatient program while others will require a more intense inpatient program.
Outpatient programs provide the addict with the support they need through the recovery process without having to stay in a treatment facility. Regular drug and alcohol screenings will monitor your recovery. Counseling will help you truly understand your addiction as well as teach you ways to maintain your sobriety.
Inpatient programs are often for those with a sever alcohol or drug addiction. They need to be weened of alcohol and/or drugs under the supervision of medical staff and/or require a medical detoxification to cleanse their body of any alcohol and drugs. The addict will go through a series of counseling sessions which may be individual or group. The counseling process is designed to get to the cause of your addiction as well as teach you how to live a life of sobriety, dealing with daily stress without alcohol or drugs for support. There will be 24-7 support of the rehab staff when in an inpatient program, the staff will do everything they can to ensure your sobriety.
Whichever program you think will be best in treating your alcohol and/or drug addiction, it will help to ensure your goal of sobriety is a reality.