Anyone could be struggling with Substance abuse

According to information collected by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 22.5 million Americans over the age of 12 were using illicit drugs in the last month. This equates to roughly 8.7 percent of people over the age of 12. Of those who admitted to have used illicit drugs in the last month, approximately 18.1 million used marijuana, 6.1 million used psychotherapeutics, 1.4 million used cocaine, 1 million used hallucinogens, 0.6 million used inhalants and 0.3 million used heroin.

A majority of those surveyed used drugs recreationally or for non-medical reasons, but many others used them because they were dependent on the substance or were struggling with addiction. When substance abuse begins to take over your life, the best course of action is to seek help from a professional rehab facility. If you are worried about your drug use or that of a loved one, we can help you make the change. Call the National Drug Helpline now to take the first step.

Addiction is complicated, and it can affect brain functioning in a variety of ways. Some people are able to use alcohol or medications responsibly, while others are much more vulnerable to dependence. The following factors may increase your likelihood of having a drug or alcohol addiction:

  • Family members who have struggled with addiction
  • An abusive or neglectful childhood
  • Mental health issues, including depression
  • The use of drugs at a relatively young age

All kinds of people can struggle with addiction regardless of whether or not these risk factors are prevalent in their lives.

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Drug and alcohol addictions can affect your personal relationships and make it difficult to focus on work or school. Many people have their health, finances, relationships, careers and lives turned upside down by drug addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, it may be time to get help from a drug recovery program. Calling a national drugs helpline, such as ours, is a great way to start your recovery journey.

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When people use drugs, particularly over stretches of time, their brain changes in response to prolonged exposure to those drugs. Their cravings tend to get stronger, and they may feel compelled to use more of the drugs. This biological reality makes quitting alone very difficult. Thanks to drug and alcohol recovery programs, there is no reason to go through the recovery process in a vacuum. These programs provide people with the support that they need to rehabilitate.

Many people think that they have to reach rock bottom before they seek help. They justify to themselves that the addiction isn’t bad enough to warrant treatment. The truth is that it is never too soon to get help. Sadly, the more intense an addiction is, the harder it is to treat.

If drugs or alcohol are causing problems in your life, the time to get help is now. If you are concerned about the drug or alcohol use of a friend or family member, there is no reason to wait until their problem gets worse. You should talk to them now about the benefits of a rehabilitation program.

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Find Help and recovery

There are multiple kinds of alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs. You can find programs that address specific drugs, programs that are tailored to people of different genders, programs that are faith based and many others. Thanks to the vast diversity of rehabilitation programs, you will easily be able to find one that is right for your unique needs.

There are two options when it comes to drug recovery programs. You have the option to do an inpatient recovery program or an outpatient recovery program. You will need to choose between these two options when you decide to seek help for an addiction. If you decide to be admitted into an outpatient recovery program, you can simultaneously attend counseling, therapy and treatment while continuing to live your life at home. If you decide to be admitted into an inpatient program, you will get the opportunity to step away from life for a little bit so you can fully focus on your addiction recovery.

While in an inpatient program, you will not only be treated for your addiction, but you will also be equipped with all of the tools needed to return to your everyday life without the temptation of your addiction. You will learn how to face adversity and problems without resorting to substance abuse or addictions. If you are struggling with a mental or behavioral health issue, you will be equipped with strategies to handle your struggle in a healthy and therapeutic way. The National Drug Helpline offers the following addiction hotline numbers for those who may be struggling: