Alcohol and drug abuse has affected many families thus threatening their social fabric. In addition to that, alcohol and drug abuse has various adverse effects on the person. Substance abuse affects the physical wellbeing of the individual. Substance abuse leads to the deterioration of the individual’ health. Moreover, the person is at risk of contracting diseases such as cancer, cirrhosis and others. Secondly, substance abuse has profound negative effects on the individual’s emotional well being.
The emotional effects of alcohol or drug abuse on the person include depression, anxiety and psychosis among others. Thirdly, substance abuse affects the social well being of the individuals. Drugs and alcohol begin playing a pivotal role in the addict’s life. This in turn makes the person shun friends or family members. Consequently, relations between the addict and his or her loved ones crumble. Many times, individuals do not seek help. This is attributed to a number of factors. For starters, many alcohol or drug addicts live in denial. An individual abusing alcohol or drugs may not realize that he or she has a problem.
Consequently, the person sinks deeper and deeper into alcohol or drug addiction. Secondly, the person may not get the support that he or she needs from family or friends. This is because the addict shuns family members and friends. Through this, relationships between the both parties break down. The addict will then find it hard to reach out to loved ones for help.
Thirdly, the addict may not know where he or she can get help. In such a situation, it is imperative for the individual to consult various online resources. Moreover, the person should talk to his or her therapist. Through this, the individual is bound to get help. It is worth noting that the success of rehabilitation programs are based on the individual’s resolve to kick addiction.
It is critical for the addict to make a strong resolve to kick addiction. This goes a long way in generating commitment to recovery. After finding a suitable rehabilitation program, the person should enroll in it immediately. It is vital for the person to enroll into a rehabilitation program which offers a combination of treatment therapies. Moreover, the person should enroll into a treatment program which provides treatment when he or she needs it. Rehabilitation programs have different treatment options. However, it is worth noting that all rehabilitation programs have detoxification as the first stage of treatment.
Detoxification helps the individual’s body to adjust to a drug free environment. It is prudent to note that substance abuse depletes the body of important amino acids. To this end, detoxification also focuses on enabling the person to regain his or her health. Another aspect of detoxification is exercise regimes which go a long way in boosting the person’s health. After detoxification, the addict undergoes various intensive therapies followed by continuing support programs. These support programs help the individual maintain sobriety while inculcating various life skills which include decision making and communication skills among others.