Ask yourself some of these questions below. If you can honestly answer no to all of them then you may be able to stop using on your own, however the questions are very serious and if you say yes to even one of them you should consider take a drug treatment
Are you compulsively seeking and using drugs or alcohol despite the negative consequences they have had on your life?
Do you hide drug or alcohol?
Have you ever been arrested for DUI and continue to drive drunk?
Have drugs or alcohol caused you legal problems?
Have you ever overdosed?
Is your usage affecting you job, school, or causing problems within your family?
Do you use in the morning when you wake up to steady your nerves?
Have you ever felt guilty about your drug or alcohol use?
Have you ever promised yourself or others that you would cut down your usage only to find that you are unsuccessful in doing so?
If you have answered yes to some of these questions, then the answer is most likely YES! You do need treatment today. The reason why it is so important to get help immediately is because you never know when your next use could be your last use. Though many don’t think it could ever happen to them, overdose is common in drug users. This is due to either an accelerating heart rate caused by stimulants, such as cocaine, or respiratory depression, caused by opiates or alcohol, which can lead to coma or death.
Drug addiction is a disease of the brain that is very complex. Some characteristics include the uncontrollable compulsivity to use or seek drugs, and to continue using even when you know it will cause negative consequences. The seeking of drugs becomes compulsive as a result of the effects that prolonged drug use has on the functioning of our brains, and therefore also our behaviors. The disease of addiction usually becomes chronic, with possibilities of relapse even after long periods of abstinence. This is why it is so important for the addict to get the help that is needed in a drug and alcohol treatment center.
Successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation consist of 3 major phases
We found that a lot of people feel confused when it come to drug and alcohol treatment.
- How does addiction start?
- Why does somebody become an addict?
- What is the right approach for treatment
To understand the problem of addiction and to deliver a workable solution, one has to understand the 3 phases of a successful rehabilitation.
1) The first phase is called WITHDRAWAL
Withdrawal is the length of time it takes the person, while no longer using drugs or alcohol, to recover from the effects of them. During this time span the person normally feels some kind of discomfort. The phase of withdrawal normally lasts 3 to 7 days.
2) The second phase is called DETOXIFICATION
One definition of detoxify is: To extract poison or toxins from = detoxification
As you may already know, drugs and alcohol are poison/toxins. Too much of it will kill a person. Unfortunately, drugs residues stay in the body (fatty tissues) for years after use and can affect a person at a later time.
Detoxification from drugs is an important part of the success of any treatment.
Substituting one drug with another is not detoxification.
It is substituting one poison with another!
Detoxification is normally done within 3 to 5 weeks.
3) Phase three is the actual REHABILITATION
The dictionary says about rehabilitation:
rehabilitate: To put back in good condition
In the true sense of the word, rehabilitation would mean to restore something that has been lost. In the field of drug and alcohol abuse it would mean to give the person his/her self respect back and to make him/her feel like a valuable member of society.
- Most addicts were good people before they became addicts.
- Most addicts have loving partners, family members or friends.
- Most addicts loved their partners, family members or friends before addiction.
- Most addicts are not mentally ill.
- Addiction is not an incurable disease.