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. Calling a substance abuse hotline for yourself or for a loved one can be a difficult decision to make. It’s not always easy admitting that you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction. Just know that addiction can happen to anyone at any point in life. Some substances have a risk of being addictive, including commonly prescribed medications and painkillers. The opiate and opioid epidemic our nation is facing is due in part to the medications and painkillers that are being prescribed to everyday people.

Also, substances such as alcohol are legal and are constantly marketed to adults. Alcohol is commonly abused due to the easy access and the lack of stigma around binge drinking and partaking in social events such as happy hours. Alcohol may be the most difficult substance addiction to diagnose due to the close ties it has to social events. Alcoholism is actually very common and over consumption could have serious adverse affects on health. If you feel that you or someone may be struggling with addiction, call our substance abuse hotline.

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you can play a role in someones addiction recovery

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.

We understand that this is a difficult decision. You may have never thought that you would be calling a drug hotline, but it may be the best decision you can possibly make. A simple phone call can change a life. Our drug addiction hotline is staffed with friendly and understanding people who are here to help. We are here to talk you through anything you may be struggling with. Your call is anonymous and if you are ready to seek treatment for yourself or for a loved one, we can help you to navigate your options. We take in calls from across the nation and are dedicated to helpline anyone who may need some guidance. Addiction is difficult to beat single handedly. Give us a call today and let’s get through this together.

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Addictions can be beaten. start your recovery journey with a call.

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. The first step may be to call our drug abuse hotline. Drug abuse is more common than you may think, so don’t feel like you are alone. Thousands of people across the nation struggle with drug abuse everyday. We are here to help. If you want to discuss treatment options, talk about how to approach someone you love that may be struggling with addiction or just want to talk; then give us a call today. Our drug abuse hotline is free, anonymous and confidential. The journey toward recovery can start today with a simple phone call. Our phone number is found across our site, so feel free to call whenever you are ready.

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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:

Substance abuse comes in many forms as you may have seen from the list above, but we are here for you. We can talk about any substance that you or a loved one may be addicted to. We know it is difficult, but start recovery today. A simple phone call can change a life. Dial the number you see on our site to speak with someone who is here to help. Pick up the phone today and call our drug addiction hotline. We look forward to speaking with you!