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5 Factors that Contribute to Drug Abuse

  1. 1. TOP05 FACTORSTHAT CONTRIBUTE TO DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSEFACTOR #1: DRUG OR ALCOHOL ADDICTION RUNS IN THE FAMILYFACTOR #2: PRESENCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS OR MENTAL ILLNESSFACTOR #3: A PERSONALITY PRONE TO RISKY BEHAVIORSFACTOR #4: SOCIAL RISK/PEER PRESSUREFACTOR #5: LACK OF HEALTHY COPING MECHANISMS AND LIFE SKILLS
  2. 2. 05 FACTORSTHAT CONTRIBUTE TO DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE CLEARING THE CONFUSION ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION: AN INTRODUCTION Drug and alcohol abuse resulting in chemical dependency causes the substance thats being abused to become the sole focus of an addicts life. A recent study con- ducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that the illegal drug use of people living in the United States has reached its highest level since the early 2000s. Additionally, approximately 130 million people admit to drinking or experi- menting with alcohol. People have often wondered what makes some more prone to abuse drugs and alcohol than others. The progression of certain circumstances, situations and predis- positions push some toward substance abuse, while others work through these same challenges in ways that help them avoid the use of alcohol or drugs. Whether you want to avoid substance abuse and addiction within your family, have concerns for your own drug or alcohol use or fear for a loved one with an addiction, learning more about substance abuse and the factors that lead to it can help. To begin with, its helpful to understand exactly what addiction is. UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE The Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah states that the use of drugs causes immediate changes to your brains synapses. These sub- stances trick your brain cells into releasing huge amounts of dopamine, resulting in the euphoric, pleasurable feelings often experienced with first use. But the brain is a very adaptive organ and it quickly goes into action, trying to compen- sate for the presence of so many dopamine receptors. This translates into toler- ance, and the next time someone you love drinks or uses drugs a greater amount or frequency will be necessary to achieve the same effect. As your brains pleasure center is re-wired by continued drug or alcohol use, casual usage develops into a necessary habit, almost as if its a natural reflex in response to the body and brains desire for pleasurable feelings.
  3. 3. THE BRAIN-ALTERING EFFECTS OF ADDICTIONDrug and alcohol abuse resulting in chemical dependency causes the substancethats being abused to become the sole focus of an addicts life. A recent study con-ducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that the illegaldrug use of people living in the United States has reached its highest level since theearly 2000s. Additionally, approximately 130 million people admit to drinking orexperimenting with alcohol.People have often wondered what makes some more prone to abuse drugs andalcohol than others. The progression of certain circumstances, situations andpredispositions push some toward substance abuse, while others work throughthese same challenges in ways that help them avoid the use of alcohol or drugs.Whether you want to avoid substance abuse and addiction within your family, haveconcerns for your own drug or alcohol use or fear for a loved one with an addiction,learning more about substance abuse and the factors that lead to it can help. Tobegin with, its helpful to understand exactly what addiction is. LEARNING MORE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCEThe Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah states that theuse of drugs causes immediate changes to your brains synapses. These sub-stances trick your brain cells into releasing huge amounts of dopamine, result-ing in the euphoric, pleasurable feelings often experienced with first use. But thebrain is a very adaptive organ and it quickly goes into action, trying to compen-sate for the presence of so many dopamine receptors. This translates into toler-ance, and the next time someone you love drinks or uses drugs a greateramount or frequency will be necessary to achieve the same effect. As yourbrains pleasure center is re-wired by continued drug or alcohol use, casualusage develops into a necessary habit, almost as if its a natural reflex inresponse to the body and brains desire for pleasurable feelings.
  4. 4. FACTOR #1:DRUG OR ALCOHOLADDICTION RUNS IN THE FAMILYWHAT MAKES SOMEONE VULNERABLEDrug and alcohol abuse resulting in chemical dependency causes the substancethats being abused to become the sole focus of an addicts life. A recent study con-ducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that the illegal druguse of people living in the United States has reached its highest level since the early2000s. Additionally, approximately 130 million people admit to drinking or experi-menting with alcohol.People have often wondered what makes some more prone to abuse drugs andalcohol than others. The progression of certain circumstances, situations and predis-positions push some toward substance abuse, while others work through thesesame challenges in ways that help them avoid the use of alcohol or drugs. Whetheryou want to avoid substance abuse and addiction within your family, have concernsfor your own drug or alcohol use or fear for a loved one with an addiction, learningmore about substance abuse and the factors that lead to it can help. To begin with,its helpful to understand exactly what addiction is.OTHER RISKS THAT INCREASE THE WEIGHT OFTHIS FACTOR.The Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah states that theuse of drugs causes immediate changes to your brains synapses. These sub-stances trick your brain cells into releasing huge amounts of dopamine, resultingin the euphoric, pleasurable feelings often experienced with first use. But thebrain is a very adaptive organ and it quickly goes into action, trying to compen-sate for the presence of so many dopamine receptors. This translates into toler-ance, and the next time someone you love drinks or uses drugs a greater amountor frequency will be necessary to achieve the same effect. As your brains plea-sure center is re-wired by continued drug or alcohol use, casual usage developsinto a necessary habit, almost as if its a natural reflex in response to the bodyand brains desire for pleasurable feelings.
  5. 5. FACTOR #1:DRUG OR ALCOHOLADDICTION RUNS IN THE FAMILYHOW YOU ARE AFFECTED BY ADDICTION INTHE FAMILY.In addition to the genetic risks, you and others in your family also face social, envi-ronmental and behavioral factors that will influence the propensity towards sub-stance abuse and addiction. If you become sick after trying drugs or drinking alco-hol, the experience may be enough to cause you to steer clear of further experi-mentation. Watching a loved ones life deteriorate from drug or alcohol abuse canalso be enough to turn you off. At the same time, another person in your familymay not have these reactions at all and, in the absence of unpleasant experienceswith drugs or alcohol, will face a greater risk of developing his or her own addictioPRESERVING HEALTH AND WELLNESS.The Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah states that theuse of drugs causes immediate changes to your brains synapses. These sub-stances trick your brain cells into releasing huge amounts of dopamine, result-ing in the euphoric, pleasurable feelings often experienced with first use. But thebrain is a very adaptive organ and it quickly goes into action, trying to compen-sate for the presence of so many dopamine receptors. This translates into toler-ance, and the next time someone you love drinks or uses drugs a greateramount or frequency will be necessary to achieve the same effect. As yourbrains pleasure center is re-wired by continued drug or alcohol use, casualusage develops into a necessary habit, almost as if its a natural reflex inresponse to the body and brains desire for pleasurable feelings.COUNTERACTING THE RISK OF ADDICTIONSocial support is critical in families with a history of addiction, especially whereyoung children are involved, asserts the United States Department of Health &Human Services. Positive parenting role models can effectively help parents breakthe cycle of addiction in the family and provide children with good role models tofollow. In addition to professional counseling, social support can be provided byother family members, neighbors, members of your church, and community orschool organizations. Taking advantage of the social support available to you canhelp counteract the risks faced by your family.
  6. 6. FACTOR #1:DRUG OR ALCOHOLADDICTION RUNS IN THE FAMILYTREATMENTS THAT ADDRESS THIS FACTORWhen you or another family member whos suffering from addiction seek profes-sional treatment, your rehabilitation program will help address the factor of addic-tion in the family. During individual and family counseling sessions, youll uncoverwhat placed you at risk and how potential risk developed into addiction. As youtake part in life skills education, youll also learn about maintaining your sobrietywith or without the support of other family members. During the rehabilitationperiod, efforts will be made to establish or reestablish trust and other essentialcharacteristics of a healthy family relationship so healing can be experiencedwithin your family.AFTERCARE THAT ADDRESSES THIS FACTOROnce a loved one has completed treatment for drug or alcoholaddiction, the emphasis will be on maintaining sobriety. When other mem-bers of the family refuse help and persist with addictive behaviors, it can be difficultto maintain your new sober way of living if you must spend a great deal of timearound them. The support of other recovering addicts, your counselor and positiverole models will play key roles in helping you avoid relapse. Its also possible thatyou will have to distance yourself from certain family members to preserve yourown well-being.
  7. 7. FACTOR #2:PRESENCE OF PSYCHOLOGICALPROBLEMS OR MENTAL ILLNESSWHAT MAKES SOMEONE VULNERABLEThe presence of psychological problems or mental illness places you or someoneyou love at greater risk of addiction, according to the National Institute on DrugAbuse. Undiagnosed mental health issues can lead to self-medication with alcoholor drugs, leading to an eventual dual diagnosis. Comorbidity is the term used byprofessionals to describe the existence of two disorders at a time, such as depres-sion and alcoholism. One condition can lead to the other, but its also common foreach disorder to add to the complications of the other disorder, as well.OTHER RISKS THAT INCREASE THE WEIGHT OFTHIS FACTORMany other familial, social and environmental factors can tip thescales toward addiction when a loved one suffers from mental illness. A lack of support from family members or stress withinyour family can compound feelings of depression or anxiety.Poor role models and negative peer pressure also increaseyour vulnerability. A lack of proper healthcare can further the risk of substance abuse and addiction, as you or aloved one deals with the frustrations and fear of knowingsomething is wrong without knowing exactly what it is.HOW YOU ARE AFFECTED BY PSYCHO-LOGICAL PROBLEMS OR MENTALILLNESS.There are many factors that can lead a person with underly-ing psychological problems or previously diagnosed mentalillness to abuse drugs or alcohol. Overwhelming stress ortrauma in your life or the life of a family member can lead tothe use of alcohol or drugs for escape and relief. Somepeople with mental illness find that substance abuse helps to relieve unpleasant symptoms and side effects causedby the illness; this is a form of self-medication.Your personality or that of someone you love alsoplays a role in whether or not drugs or alcoholbegin to look like a viable solution for relieffrom mental health issues.
  8. 8. FACTOR #2:PRESENCE OF PSYCHOLOGICALPROBLEMS OR MENTAL ILLNESSHOW YOU ARE AFFECTED BY PSYCHOLOGICALPROBLEMS OR MENTAL ILLNESS.There are many factors that can lead a person with underlying psychological prob-lems or previously diagnosed mental illness to abuse drugs or alcohol. Overwhelm-ing stress or trauma in your life or the life of a family member can lead to the use ofalcohol or drugs for escape and relief. Some people with mental illness find that sub-stance abuse helps to relieve unpleasant symptoms and side effects caused by theillness; this is a form of self-medication. Your personality or that of someone you lovealso plays a role in whether or not drugs or alcohol begin to look like a viable solutionfor relief from mental health issues.COUNTERACTING THE RISK OF ADDICTION.Many other familial, social and environmental factors can tip the scales towardaddiction when a loved one suffers from mental illness. A lack of support fromfamily members or stress within your family can compound feelings of depres-sion or anxiety. Poor role models and negative peer pressure also increase yourvulnerability. A lack of proper healthcare can further the risk of substance abuseand addiction, as you or a loved one deals with the frustrations and fear of know-ing something is wrong without knowing exactly what it is.
  9. 9. FACTOR #2:PRESENCE OF PSYCHOLOGICALPROBLEMS OR MENTAL ILLNESSTREATMENTS THAT ADDRESS THIS FACTORWhen a person you care about enters a rehabilitation program for drug or alcoholaddiction, part of the intake process will include assessing physical and mentalhealth. Once the medical and counseling staff is aware that you or a loved onesuffers from a form of mental illness, a treatment plan can be designed to addressthe addiction and the mental health issues that compound it or were caused by it. Asneeded, medication might be prescribed or adjusted and different types of therapymay be employed to make sure the type of treatment provided is effective in helpingthe person in treatment to overcome addiction while treating other illnesses or disor-ders.AFTERCARE THAT ADDRESSES THIS FACTORContinued care is vital for someone whos overcome addiction to drugs or alco-hol. Its imperative that medication, counseling and other forms of therapyprescribed to treat mental illness continue without fail once addiction rehabilita-tion is over. A great deal of social support can be instrumental in keeping a lovedone on track and helping him or her avoid or deal more appropriately with thetriggers that previously led to substance abuse.
  10. 10. FACTOR #3:A PERSONALITYPRONE TO RISKY BEHAVIORSWHAT MAKES SOMEONE VULNERABLEAn individuals personality can place them at an increased risk of alcoholism or drugaddiction, asserts the National Hospital Organizations Chief of Psychiatry MitsuruKimora. The combination of being a high risk seeker and possessing a lack of con-cern over potential harm can make someone you love more vulnerable to substanceabuse leading to addiction. If you have a family member who tends to engage inother risky behaviors, no matter how harmless they may seem to be, its wise to takesteps to prevent the progression toward experimentation with drugs or alcohol.OTHER RISKS THAT INCREASE THE WEIGHT OFTHIS FACTOR.Peer pressure has a definite impact on drug or alcohol abuse, according to theUniversity of Maryland Medical Center. An adolescent or teenage child is espe-cially influenced by his or her peers. Adults who possess multiple factors that com-pound risky behavior, such as mental health issues or family history of addiction,can be influenced to try drugs or alcohol. In essence, its not that you or the familymember youre concerned about is always easily swayed. Rather, its that the thrillof the risk involved provides encouragement and a reason to participate in activities that can lead to potential harm.HOW YOU ARE AFFECTED BY A TENDENCY TOWARDRISKY BEHAVIORMany other familial, social and environmental factors can tip the scales towardaddiction when a loved one suffers from mental illness. A lack of support fromfamily members or stress within your family can compound feelings of depres-sion or anxiety. Poor role models and negative peer pressure also increase yourvulnerability. A lack of proper healthcare can further the risk of substance abuseand addiction, as you or a loved one deals with the frustrations and fear of know-ing something is wrong without knowing exactly what it is.
  11. 11. FACTOR #3:A PERSONALITYPRONE TO RISKY BEHAVIORSHOW YOU ARE AFFECTED BY A TENDENCY TOWARDRISKY BEHAVIORMany other familial, social and environmental factors can tip the scales towardaddiction when a loved one suffers from mental illness. A lack of support fromfamily members or stress within your family can compound feelings of depres-sion or anxiety. Poor role models and negative peer pressure also increase yourvulnerability. A lack of proper healthcare can further the risk of substance abuseand addiction, as you or a loved one deals with the frustrations and fear of know-ing something is wrong without knowing exactly what it is.PRESERVING HEALTH AND WELLNESSAccording to the Harvard Medical School there is a link between risky behaviorand the development of the adolescent brain. Parents or other supportive, posi-tive role models play an important role in helping adolescents and teens develophealthy boundaries that prevent dangerous risk-taking behaviors. Although youmight express concerns for an adult family member who takes unnecessaryrisks, a near-miss or close call can sometimes be enough to cause him or her towake up and step back from such choices. To avoid the dangerous conse-quences of risky behavior, including drug or alcohol addiction, its important togain a greater understanding and concern for potential consequences.COUNTERACTING THE RISK OF ADDICTIONAccording to the Harvard Medical School there is a link between riskybehavior and the development of the adolescent brain. Parents orother supportive, positive role models play an important role in helpingadolescents and teens develop healthy boundaries that prevent dangero-us risk-taking behaviors. Although you might express concerns for an adultfamily member who takes unnecessary risks, a near-miss or close call cansometimes be enough to cause him or her to wake up and step back fromsuch choices. To avoid the dangerous consequences of risky behavior, includingdrug or alcohol addiction, its important to gain a greater understanding and con-cern for potential consequences.
  12. 12. FACTOR #3:A PERSONALITYPRONE TO RISKY BEHAVIORSTREATMENTS THAT ADDRESS THIS FACTORWhen a person you care about enters a rehabilitation program for drug or alcoholaddiction, part of the intake process will include assessing physical and mentalhealth. Once the medical and counseling staff is aware that you or a loved onesuffers from a form of mental illness, a treatment plan can be designed to addressthe addiction and the mental health issues that compound it or were caused by it. Asneeded, medication might be prescribed or adjusted and different types of therapymay be employed to make sure the type of treatment provided is effective in helpingthe person in treatment to overcome addiction while treating other illnesses or disor-ders. AFTERCARE THAT ADDRESSES THIS FACTOR Continued care is vital for someone whos overcome addiction to drugs or alco- hol. Its imperative that medication, counseling and other forms of therapy prescribed to treat mental illness continue without fail once addiction rehabilita- tion is over. A great deal of social support can be instrumental in keeping a loved one on track and helping him or her avoid or deal more appropriately with the triggers that previously led to substance abuse.
  13. 13. FACTOR #4:SOCIAL RISK/PEER PRESSUREWHAT MAKES SOMEONE VULNERABLEEvery person deals with several layers of society, starting with their core family, andthen extending to school, work, their circle of friends and the community. While thesevarious social components provide a positive influence most of the time, they canalso add to the risk you or the person you care about face for potential addiction.What happens or doesnt happen within any of these components of your socialexistence can make you vulnerable to drug or alcohol experimentation that eventu-ally leads to dependency.HOW YOU ARE AFFECTED BY SOCIAL RISK ANDPEER PRESSURE.Although we all face social problems throughout our lives, the magnitude of asocial risk or presence of several at once can place those you care about atgreater risk for addiction. The weight and stress caused by dealing with socialproblems can reduce your ability to cope, work through or bounce back from lifechallenges. A loss of resiliency and hope can cause you, a family member or part-ner to give up and seek relief in any form it can be found, such as drug or alcoholuse. Social risks that can affect your family in this way include domestic violence,the presence of addiction in the home, poor socio-economic conditions, bullying ormultiple life stressors that occur concurrently.OTHER RISKS THAT INCREASE THE WEIGHT OFTHIS FACTORAccording to the Harvard Medical School there is a link between risky beha-vior and the development of the adolescent brain. Parents or other su-pportive, positive role models play an important role in helping adoles-cents and teens develop healthy boundaries that prevent dangerousrisk-taking behaviors. Although you might express concerns foran adult family member who takes unnecessary risks, anear-miss or close call can sometimes be enough tocause him or her to wake up and step back from suchchoices. To avoid the dangerous consequences of riskybehavior, including drug or alcohol addiction, its importantto gain a greater understanding and concern for potentialconsequences.
  14. 14. FACTOR #4:SOCIAL RISK/PEER PRESSUREPRESERVING HEALTH ANDWELLNESS. ACCORDINGAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the presence of protectivefactors can help preserve health and wellness, while helping a loved one avoidsuccumbing to the temptation to try drugs or alcohol. These positive factors helplessen the impact of detrimental social risk factors by providing healthier ways tocope with deprivation caused by lack of parental supervision, living in impover-ished circumstances or dealing with an abusive relationship.COUNTERACTING THE RISK OF ADDICTIONSeeking and obtaining support can help you and someone you care for counteractthe effects of social risk and the development of addiction. As the loved one of afamily member whose social circumstances place him or her at risk, you can help byensuring the availability of drugs or alcohol is eliminated from the home. Assistanceand support can be sought through a childs school system or through communityservice agencies. Lack of insurance or financial means does not have to precludeyou and your family from receiving the kind of support that can prevent addiction.Many local and statewide agencies and organizations can provide practical assis-tance that can make a difference. The opportunity to work with a counselor, mentoror church authority can assist the person at risk in overcoming the social issues thatincrease the risk of substance abuse.TREATMENTS THAT ADDRESS THIS FACTORDrugs and alcohol are often used as ways to escape the reality of social circum-stances. It might be hard to see how rehabilitation for addiction can help you andyour family overcome poverty or escape from an abusive relationship. Regainingyour health through detoxification and medical care, coupled with counseling canhelp you establish feelings of self-worth that empower you to work toward posi-tive change in other areas of your life. The counseling and life skills educationyou or another member of your family participate in during recovery can helpbuild the skills needed to create positive changes in life.
  15. 15. FACTOR #4:SOCIAL RISK/PEER PRESSUREAFTERCARE THAT ADDRESSES THIS FACTORAccording to the USDA, counseling, psychotherapy and the development ofsocial and practical skills can help maintain all the progress thats been madeafter completing recovery treatment for addiction. While maintaining sobriety withcounseling and by avoiding known triggers, having the chance to learn positivesocial skills can equip you or a family member with the ability to make healthier life choices despite life circumstances. Practicalskills gained through educational or job training also helppromote sobriety by empowering someone you love andyourself to feel that its possible to rise above socialcircumstances.
  16. 16. FACTORCOPINGLACK OF HEALTHY #5:MECHANISMS AND LIFE SKILLSWHAT MAKES SOMEONE VULNERABLEA propensity towards drug or alcohol abuse generally occurs when a loved onefaces multiple risk factors. The presence of any of the aforementioned risk factorscan lead someone you love to have a lack of healthy coping mechanisms or the lifeskills necessary to avoid experimentation with drugs or alcohol leading to addiction.Not having the skills to work through adversity in a healthy way makes you vulner-able to resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms instead.OTHER RISKS THAT INCREASE THE WEIGHT OFTHIS FACTOR.When you, a family member or spouse lacks healthy coping mechanisms or lifeskills there is an increased risk of being influenced by the habits of others. A teenwho hasnt learned how to handle stress in a healthy manner and has no supportsystem at home may be more willing to believe it when a peer suggests that usingdrugs or drinking alcohol can make the situation better. Additionally, if drugsor alcohol have been used within the family as acceptable copingmechanisms, then children within the family face a greater risk ofalso turning to substance abuse.HOW YOU ARE AFFECTED BY A LACKOF HEALTHY COPING MECHANISMS ANDLIFE SKILLS.Lack of healthy coping mechanisms, no matter what thecause, place you at risk whenever an overwhelmingamount of pressure occurs. Rather than realizingthat theres a way to work through and overcomethe problem, the person affected may believe theresonly temporary escape. In an effort to overcome difficu-lties, you and your family member will look to others forpossible solutions. If the examples and role models availableare not positive, it can further solidify unhealthy copingbehaviors, such as drug or alcohol abuse.
  17. 17. FACTORCOPINGLACK OF HEALTHY #5:MECHANISMS AND LIFE SKILLSPRESERVING HEALTH AND WELLNESSSeeking and obtaining support can help you and someone you care for counter-act the effects of social risk and the development of addiction. As the loved oneof a family member whose social circumstances place him or her at risk, youcan help by ensuring the availability of drugs or alcohol is eliminated from thehome. Assistance and support can be sought through a childs school system orthrough community service agencies. Lack of insurance or financial means doesnot have to preclude you and your family from receiving the kind of support thatcan prevent addiction. Many local and statewide agencies and organizations canprovide practical assistance that can make a difference. The opportunity to workwith a counselor, mentor or church authority canassist the person at risk in over-coming the social issues that increase the risk of substance abuse.COUNTERACTING THE RISK OF ADDICTIONThe presence of a positive influence in your life or the life of another family membercan counteract the risk of addiction due to lack of healthy coping mechanisms.Teens and adolescents can benefit from spending time with a "big brother" or "bigsister" from within the community or the church. An adult family member whosat-risk of turning to substance abuse can learn better ways to cope with life chal-lenges by working with a respected and trusted mentor.TREATMENTS THAT ADDRESS THIS FACTOROnce the person in treatment completes the detoxification phase of rehabilita-tion, he or she will begin to participate in other parts of the program that promotethe development of healthy coping mechanisms and life skills. Through work witha counselor, attendance to a peer support group and life skills workshops yourloved one will learn healthy alternatives for coping with life stressors. Rather thanturning to drugs or alcohol, coping techniques such as talking to a supportperson, using exercise to relieve stress or expressing feelings through creativitywill be developed and built upon throughout the program.AFTERCARE THAT ADDRESSES THIS FACTORThe life skills and positive coping mechanisms learned during rehabilitation areimportant to the maintenance of sober living. Your loved one will need the ongo-ing support of family, friends and a support group or counselor to encouragehealthy decision-making. Being surrounded by people who will model positive lifeskills and good decision-making processes will help you or a newly sober familymember continue to build upon the skills learned during treatment. For thisreason as well as for sobrietys sake, its important to cut ties with those who willencourage poor choices leading to a relapse into addiction.
  18. 18. DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHABILITATION:AN EFFECTIVE, COMPASSIONATE SOLUTIONFOR A HEARTBREAKING PROBLEMA propensity towards drug or alcohol abuse generally occurs when a loved one faces multiple risk factors.The presence of any of the aforementioned risk factors can lead someone you love to have a lack of healthycoping mechanisms or the life skills necessary to avoid experimentation with drugs or alcohol leading toaddiction. Not having the skills to work through adversity in a healthy way makes you vulnerable to resortingto unhealthy coping mechanisms instead.THE PROGRAM IS GEARED TOWARD THESPECIFIC ADDICTION.Although some of the same factors contribute toward the development of drug oralcohol dependency, each addiction requires treatment geared toward the specificdrug or substance abused. Different substances affect the mind and body in differentways, resulting in the need for variations in rehabilitation. One person may requiremore intensive medical treatment due to the physical and mental effects of addiction,whereas another person may need more behavioral counseling as dictated by theneeds of the substance.THERES A PLAN FOR AFTERCAREAn effective aftercare plan is an essential part of a good treatment program. Main-taining the sobriety that your loved one has worked so hard to achieve requireslifelong support and the ability to continue using all that was learned during rehabili-tation. As you or another person in your family prepares to finish recovery treat-ment, youll begin to make aftercare plans that might include continued counselingwith an addictions counselor, attendance to a peer support group and occasionalworkshops to boost and strengthen life skills.
  19. 19. THE TREATMENT ADDRESSES ALL NEEDS, NOTJUST ADDICTIONWhen you, a family member or spouse lacks healthy coping mechanisms or life skills there is an increasedrisk of being influenced by the habits of others. A teen who hasnt learned how to handle stress in a healthymanner and has no support system at home may be more willing to believe it when a peer suggests thatusing drugs or drinking alcohol can make the situation better. Additionally, if drugs or alcohol have been usedwithin the family as acceptable coping mechanisms, then children within the family face a greater risk of alsoturning to substance abuse.AMPLE TIME IS PROVIDED TO DETOX, RECOVERAND LEARN.An effective drug or alcohol rehabilitation program provides each individual with time to detox, recoverphysically and mentally, and gain life skills that will help maintain sobriety. The length of time needed foryour body to detoxify depends upon the substance that was abused, and its important to allow the body tobecome drug-free. Once you, a partner or other family member have progressed through detoxification,the program staff members can work with the person to address health problems as participation in otherportions of the recovery program begins.COUNSELING IS AN INTEGRAL PART OFTHE PROGRAMAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, counseling is one of the most common forms of treatmentfor addiction. An effective program will include various types of counseling, such as individual, family andgroup counseling. Working with a counselor helps you and affected family members address behaviors andcircumstances that led to addiction. It also helps create a foundation of accountability and responsibility,which is a critical part of remaining sober. Therapy conducted with a peer support group during and aftertreatment can alleviate feelings of aloneness, while helping you continue to gain new tools for coping with lifechallenges in healthier ways. Counseling that involves family members is a vital part of treatment for thosewho will return to a family once they leave the treatment facility.If you, a partner or other family member has abused drugs or alcohol and succumbed to addiction,the effects will wreak havoc on your life and probably already have. The seriousconsequences of addiction can cost you and your family all that you once helddear, such as your health, well-being, financial security and relationships.There is hope, no matter how long addiction has prevailed, to regainthe things and people that make your life worth living. At BestDrug-Rehabilitation.com, a caring and knowledgeable staff member waitsto help you make the first step toward a better and healthier life.Dont wait another minute to reach out toward someone who canhelp. The efforts you make today will provide hope andopportunity where, before, there was none.

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