Rehabilitation from Substance abuse
Substance Use Disorder is a chronic illness that affects the brain, it is progressive and causes physical and psychological damage. It manifests through the use of drugs and alcohol, and does not present as an illness. What is seen is the uncontrollable use of drugs and alcohol, neglect of responsibilities, mental and physical deterioration and very often criminal behaviour. Substance use disorder is often seen as a moral issue or a choice issue, as a result an individual might not receive the help they need.
In most cases there is a denial component, which makes it difficult to help someone struggling with Substance Use Disorder. The first step in getting help is acknowledging that there is a problem, seeing the negative consequences created by the use of drugs. Once this happens options for rehabilitation from substance abuse may be presented.
In the majority of cases rehabilitation is a must in order to overcome substance abuse. The addict must accept that they cannot do this alone, recovery is a life long process and entering a rehabilitation centre is the first step.
A prerequisite for rehabilitation from substance abuse is that all mood and mind altering substances must be stopped, this does exclude the initial medical detox. Entering into an in-patient treatment centre will always be the best option to ensure separation from triggers, situations, people – outside stressors. This allows the addict time and space to focus on their problem.
Detoxification is the process of clearing all substances from the body and limiting any withdrawal symptoms. This must always be done with a doctor. Some substances such as heroin, alcohol, codeine and benzodiazepine require medical intervention, but other drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana do not require medical intervention.
Rehabilitation from substance abuse must:
- Help an individual to stop using drugs
- Provide coping mechanisms and tools to cope with life
- Help an individual stay free from all substances (abstinence)
- Introduce people to self-help groups (Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous)
- Motivate an individua to become a productive member of society
Substance Use disorder requires intensive and extended treatment, it is advised that an addict remains in treatment for as long as possible, this gives individuals the best chance of facing the world in recovery.
If you or a loved one are in need of rehabilitation from substance abuse – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, Johannesburg, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s just a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.
Stories of Recovery
- The encouragement, love and support from the team at Crossroads allowed me to eventually see that I was worth something - that my life could be turned around and that I could accomplish the things that had long been a forgotten dream.Oliver VGRead more
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