Substance abuse is the excessive use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, including both the prescription and illegal forms. These substances cause many deaths each year, and society is weighed down by the costs of this in jails and hospitals. However, the real tragedy is the effect a substance abuse problem has on a family, and how it tears the lives apart of the individuals it touches. A substance abuse problem can be a substantial drain on a family’s resources.
The symptoms of substance abuse vary, with tobacco causing coughing and wheezing and yellow fingertips; alcohol causing liver damage and a poor temper; and drugs causing a wide variety unwanted side effects, including a possible overdose. As for the symptoms of substance abuse in general, the main one is addiction. This is described as not being able to go a day, or even shorter periods of time, without the substance. You would rather spend your money on the substance than food. You would knowingly ruin your own health because you crave the substance that much.
Most modern drugs are highly addictive, and that is a big part of the problem. What drives most individuals to try these drugs is peer pressure and stress. If friends ask you to try something, you very well might, and then you might not be able to stop. Stress drives many people to crave relief, and these substances offer temporary relief. Unfortunately, bodies grow accustomed to having the drug or alcohol, so the dose is repeated and increased, starting a vicious cycle. Breaking this cycle often takes help from a professional substance abuse counselor.
A substance abuse therapist can provide in-depth substance abuse counseling for those who are addicted to an unhealthy substance. They will identify key concepts on the road to recovery, including transitional items like nicotine patches and similar aids that help with the quitting process. In some situations, for severe addictions, doctors may recommend checking into a substance abuse rehab center.
The best thing you can do to prevent substance abuse is never to even try these highly addictive substances. Every time you do, you run the risk of addiction and greater tolerance. It is unwise to associate with people who take part in addictive substance abuse, as this can tempt you into using it regularly. If it is too late, then get yourself to a substance abuse counseling center as soon as possible.
Why Choose New Horizons
New Horizons have gathered experienced substance abuse therapists at our North Dallas facility, where we are always ready to help another patient get their life back on track. If you want that for yourself or a loved one, give us a call or drop in. We’re here to help you heal.