Substance abuse covers a lot of problems ranging from alcoholism to drug addiction. In the end, however, it’s all about a person’s dependency on something that makes them feel good. Substance abuse has become a growing epidemic in the United States, as pointed out by Paul Jenks in a recent blog post at Healthopolis:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration last week released details on the scope of substance abuse and mental illness in the United States. The report notes that in 2013, 9.4 percent or 24.6 million persons over the age of 12 were illicit drug users, with marijuana use leading the tally with 19.8 current users. The agency estimated 4.5 million prescription pain drug abusers, 1.5 million cocaine and 595,000 methamphetamine users.
Connecticut has been among the top ten states with a high incidence of substance abuse among persons aged 18 to 25. If you or someone close to you is suffering from an addiction, seeking help from an experienced counselor in West Hartford, CT, like Scott Sweeney from Sweeney Therapy, is the first step to getting well.
An addiction is not just a mental compulsion, but a disease that affects many of the brain’s functions, especially those involved in motivation, inhibitory control, memory, and learning. Therapy is currently the most used form of treatment for substance abuse.
While working with substance abuse counselors in CT is usually a major part of any treatment plan, it is often done in combination with other methods. There’s no silver bullet solution to substance abuse; each person is dealing with a unique set of conditions that needs to be specifically resolved.
An effective treatment plan will have to take into account multiple facets of a person’s life that has been affected by the addiction, including relationships, health, and career. Treatment will touch on these aspects to help the patient cope with them in the aftermath of the substance abuse.
A skilled counselor will recommend treatment options that would be most effective for a patient’s particular case. The counselor’s immediate objective would to lay down short-term and achievable goals for recovery to help rebuild the patient’s self-esteem. Through counseling, the recovering addict will be encouraged to recognize and avoid situations that can lead to substance abuse and relapse; and change the patient’s behavior through his own desire for change.
With the right help, anyone can climb out of the pit of substance abuse. All that is needed is to take the first step and seek a counselor who can point to the right path.
(Source: Report Documents Scope of Drug Abuse and Mental Illness, Healthopolis, September 8, 2014)