It doesn’t matter if someone’s addiction is newly formed or has complete control over their life, they deserve access to compassionate and professional treatment. Recovering from substance abuse takes an entire team and network of support, something not all treatment centers offer.
Understanding How Important Accessible Treatment Is
There are nearly 22 million people in the United States alone suffering from substance use disorder. Of those, only a worrying 17% of individuals received the help they need. The low amount of treatment sought out can be attributed to multiple sources such as the perception of rehab treatment, availability of insurance to cover costs and the uncertainty about what sobriety may look like.
Ignoring the signs of substance abuse can lead to worsening problems over time. Typically, the early stages of abuse and addiction consist of choosing to drink or use drugs instead of other activities or responsibilities. As the addiction grows, so does the desire to use drugs or alcohol meaning more and more time is spent inebriated. Eventually this can lead to illegal activities in order to obtain more substance.
Not only are social situations and interactions changed but your brain’s ability to function is altered as well. When there is a foreign substance present in the body, our central nervous system adjusts how it tells the body’s functions to operate. Accommodating the extra substance is easy enough for the body, but learning how to function without drugs or alcohol is much more difficult.
Don’t Tackle Detox or Rehab Alone
Trying to quit drugs or alcohol on your own can be an ideal start towards sobriety if in the early stages of dependence. Dependence is when the brain relies on the presence of a substance in order to function properly. This dependence grows over time but can develop much more rapidly if larger amounts of drugs or alcohol are consumed.
In order to remove these substances from the body, detoxification must happen. This consists of abstaining from drugs or alcohol until your body has returned to normal functionality. Since the body can go through painful withdrawal symptoms during detox, it’s important to have a treatment center who conducts medical detox on site.
Proper medical detox consists of medication to treat physical withdrawal symptoms such as aches, pains, nausea, fever and tremors as well as mental health professionals to ease anxiety, depression and other emotional stressors. These symptoms can range anywhere from 2-3 days up to a lifetime depending on how impacted the individual’s brain has become. If these symptoms are experienced without the help of medical staff, they can make relapse inevitable or even be life threatening in severe cases.
Quality Care Is Crucial to Success
Anyone fighting against substance abuse or addiction deserves the best chance they can get at a sober future. There are many treatment centers that provide different sets of services, but organizations like Hickory Treatment Centers understand that housing all services together makes program completion much more likely.
Hickory Treatment Centers also offer support in times of lapsed sobriety or struggles with cravings. Aftercare treatment is available as well as a network of mental health professionals that can be called upon when needing a little extra help to get through the day. Don’t let drugs or alcohol be in control any longer, contact our recovery team today for a free consultation.