The constant and unnecessary use of chemical matters to achieve certain effects for the body is what we called drug abuse. These chemical matters may be “illicit” drugs, against the law due to their great potential for addiction and abuse. They can also drugs acquired with the instruction of a medical professional which was then used for personal enjoyment rather than for it’s health benefits.
The consequence would always be the deterioration of one’s life and body. Anyone with drug abuse problem may find it hard to acknowledge the problem. The person has the tendency to conceal any manifestations of the problem, thus showing the people around that there is nothing wrong. Furthermore, family members may not also recognize that the person has a drug abuse problem. Consequently, the strong denial and excuse of the person using drugs makes it extremely difficult to get aid, and can make concerned family members feel like they are the problem.
The breaking of the problem of admitting that one is abusing drug is always the big leap to recovery. On the other hand, in wanting to recover from the problem, one should try to find help from others, specifically specialists in the field of substance abuse treatment and the right social support. With no right support, it is very painless to rationalize just one more pill, and withdrawal symptoms can test the strongest resolve. Thus, peer support, matched with therapy and medication could help a person who has fallen into the dark side of substance abuse.
During the treatment, drug detoxification could still be needed. A person may still require drug detox services if they are abusing drugs and not yet at the point of being drug addicted. In an emotional point of view, there are mild withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification could still help for the reason that it frees the body from the contaminants brought by the drug. Furthermore, there is a program called the Intensive Outpatient wherein the person in need of help for drug abuse has a stable home environment, excellent support system and is motivated and willing to give up drugs and/or alcohol. They are usually in early to middle stage drug abuse. If relapse occurs while in intensive outpatient therapy, residential treatment would be recommended. A therapist is also on hand for an individual therapy with the patient.
In drug related problems, there are a lot of treatment programs offered by different rehabilitation centers. Substance abuse is very likely to become drug addiction if intervention does not take place. Though prevention is still better than cure, drug abuse is a little bit better than addiction. Abusing the use of a drug is still a hopeful case and easier to deal with both by the patient and the therapists, as compared to substance addiction.
So, when a loved one or a family member is likely to be a victim of drug abuse, as early as possible do not hesitate to seek help and face the problem. Usually, in the case of teenagers, parents fail to identify if their children are guilty of drug abuse since changes in behavior seemed to be normal among teenagers in their generation today. Despite of this situation, parents should always be keen enough to observe some changes that might be linked to drug abuse.
However, you cannot expect your loved one to recover right away. It is not as easy as treating a person with cough. Recovery will always be an ongoing process. People must to understand that these people will need all the support they can get most especially from their family. Once sober, an individual who is drug dependent will not quickly be cured. Drug use may have been masking aching feelings that will bubble up to the surface. Many in recovery experience depressed moods for up to a year or more as their brain reestablishes from the drug abuse. Learning new coping skills to defend against cravings, and how to apply them in stressful situations, is an ongoing process. Ongoing support is critical to work through those issues.
People who know someone who is drug dependent should always be ready to call for help.