Individuals who display addictive behaviors and struggle with substance abuse tend to be in denial about their disease and may be hesitant or unwilling to seek professional treatment. When a friend or family member is suffering from substance abuse, it can be difficult to help that person understand how their destructive behavior is affecting those around them and it can be challenging to have an open conversation about the situation.
Misconception #1: It can’t be a disease. It’s a lack of willpower. The Truth: Diseases are scary, so no one wants to think about them. Some diseases you inherit a tendency for, like high blood pressure or heart disease. Some develop over time, such as asthma or diabetes. And others develop over time for a lot of different reasons, like numerous cancers. Addiction is just like that. It is a disease.
When you think of someone being “clean and sober” what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of someone who no longer uses drugs or alcohol, and you would be right. Now, what about the phrase “living in sobriety” or “recovery.” What does that mean to you? While treatment and twelve-step programs are not the only way to get clean and sober, they are often the best. Why? Because they don’t just help you stop using, they also help you start living a life of peace, gratitude and fulfillment. That is recovery.
For so long people have lived bound by addiction, not knowing that there is another way. Day after day, so many are dependent on a substance to get going, to stay going, and in search for the strength to face the world that is waiting on them. Fear paralyzes even the strongest person’s ability to do what so many believe to be such a simple thing.
When it seems that someone you care about is suffering from a drug problem, you many experience a great deal of stress and confusion as you grapple with the question of what to do about it. You’ll find yourself asking whether you are overreacting, whether you ought to try to intervene, and whether your help will be welcome.
Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a powerful drug that acts as an opioid antagonist and quickly reverses the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs. If administered in time, it can prevent death from overdose. Its effectiveness is so well-documented that at least seventeen states now permit naloxone to be administered by police and paramedics. Over half of those states also allow friends and family members of drug abusers to carry the drug.
The science of addiction treatment constantly undergoes scrutiny because there is no “cure” for substance abuse, and the causes of it vary from person to person. The question of whether addiction is a disease or a choice causes significant debate. Although some clinicians accept the disease model of addiction, many others believe strongly that addiction is a choice.
Addiction to both prescription and street drugs is a rapidly growing problem. A person may not know when someone they love gets indulged into this curse. Street drugs are very common around the world. According to the United Nations Drug Report 2015, 246 million people are addicted to different drugs.
Gratitude is an extremely important aspect of life and even more important for those who are recovering and taking their lives back from drug and/or alcohol addiction. I would go as far to say that gratitude and recovery go hand-in-hand. It plays an integral part in our ability to lead productive lives when recovering.
As joyous as the holiday season is, it can be challenging for those recovering from addiction or substance abuse issues. Typically, holidays involve spending time with family, and discord, estrangement, or stress among relatives often triggers cravings or relapse among those in recovery. Identifying sources of stress and cravings can help you address and prevent relapse and addictive behaviors.