Understanding Substance Abuse
Substance abuse is a serious problem in our country. In fact, approximately 19.7 million American adults over the age of 12 dealt with a substance abuse disorder in 2017 alone. We want to see these numbers drastically decrease, and the only way to do this is to make sure that those who are dealing with substance abuse are receiving the proper treatment, support, and care they need to successfully treat their addiction.
Anyone can suffer from substance abuse, from teens to seniors. Substance abuse is defined as dependence on a psychoactive substance such as alcohol or illegal drugs. This dependency on a substance not only alters behavior and cognition it can also lead to harmful and long-term consequences including injury and death. A harmful use of a substance can lead to,
- Risky decisions
- Lack of control
- Health problems
- Social issues
For example, if you drink enough that you are dealing with hangovers or a drug is causing you to miss work or school, then you could very well be abusing this substance. The issue here is that determining whether you may have a substance abuse problem can get a bit blurry and complicated. For example, do you find yourself smoking an entire pack of cigarettes in a day? Do you need a drink or two every night after work to unwind?
While this may not sound like abuse, and for some people it might not be, it’s important to consider whether this substance is doing you harm. Is it impacting your ability to perform at work or school? Is it affecting your interpersonal relationships? Do you rely on the drug in order to carry out certain tasks throughout the day? If you said “yes” then substance abuse may be affecting your life.
The unfortunate part is that many people ignore that they have an issue with substance abuse and don’t seek treatment. The time to take back your life is now. Our addiction specialists at America Recovery Center have helped thousands of people regain control of their lives drug-free. No matter whether you are dependent on alcohol or opioids our team can help you.
We offer highly successful and fully customized treatment plans because we understand that just as every person is unique their addiction is unique too. That means that we will design a treatment plan that not only prevents withdrawal symptoms and provides you with the counseling and therapy you need to prevent relapse but we will also provide you with other means of support and help you redefine and create the sober life you imagine having.
If you or someone you know is dealing with substance abuse and wants to seek treatment then call America Recovery Center at (313) 395-3444 today to find out how our compassionate addiction team led by Dr. Nazem Alhusein can help you or someone you love.
Are you or a loved one suffering from substance abuse? Contact America Recovery Center, located in Dearborn Heights, MI, at (313) 395-3444 to learn about your options!