There is a common and disabling misconception that once drug use becomes habituated, people are forever trapped in the cycles addiction. Despite the fact that there are thousands of personal drug recovery stories that refute this false belief, there are still segments of society that continue to make those battling addiction feel judged and wrong. As a result, many people in addiction tend to hide or deny their condition rather than seek recovery solutions.
Believing this lie kept Mark stuck in a drug abuse lifestyle for upwards of thirteen years after his life got sidetracked from his goal of becoming a commercial pilot. Although his experience as a drug addict plunged him into self-hatred, homelessness and the use of multiple different drugs, he was able, through treatment, to stop the abuse. After sixteen years of sobriety, Mark believes the turning point came through the recognition that there is no shame in being an addict.
In fact, in his own words he said in his personal drug recovery story “it was that simple admission that helped save and change my life.” While in the throes of addiction most people will report that they lived in state of terror and fear of being found out. Feeling deeply ashamed and making efforts to cover up what they perceived as a moral flow or an abnormality often help to perpetuate addiction. Unfortunately, this often comes at a high cost in terms of loss of health, finances, relationships and even death. However, these sad commentaries can be reduced or eliminated if drug users seek treatment sooner than later.
True recovery from addiction typically begins when the hope of change enables them to look beyond the shadows of addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) the study of addiction was mostly influenced in the past by the negative views that shaped society’s responses to drug abuse. However, thanks to groundbreaking discoveries about the brain, scientists now know that addiction has the potential to create obsessive cravings for the substance of abuse, cause loss of control that manifest as compulsive behavior that will persist despite serious or even life-threatening consequences. Based on these findings, treatment rather than punishment has begun to revolutionize the lives of millions of drug addicts.
Through greater understanding of addiction, NIDA scientists are continuously developing more effective treatment models. Also, to help disseminate critical information various innovative tools have been implemented that is showing promise of reducing the overall impact of drug abuse on individuals and their families. As a result, people are gaining greater understanding of the complexities of addiction and the recovery process.
The road to recovery is a personal and unique process for each individual. Although there are people who find the strength to reach out for help on their own, many people in addiction need the help of others to stop abusing drugs. For this reason, staging a drug intervention for a loved one, has proven to be a life-saving activity in many instances.
Drug interventions are designed to encourage people in addiction to seek help for their substance abuse. Because denial is a component of addiction, many individual can fail to recognize the impact their drug use is having on themselves and their loved ones. As such, interventions help to bring vital awareness to the critical issues of ill health, financial depletion, deterioration of significant relationships and the threat of a fatal drug overdose.
Drug intervention formats vary and can be as simple as sitting down for a talk with a loved one in addiction or accomplished with the help of a professional. Drug interventionists are particularly helping if preparing friends and family for potentially volatile situations. The services of a drug interventionist also help families to communicate their concern through a cohesive message. Through this process loved ones can establish boundaries, provide support and facilitate the transition into a treatment program immediately following the intervention.
The recovery process entails a comprehensive continuum of care designed to identify core issues that may have caused or perpetuated the addiction. It also provides a base from which to rebuild lives derailed by addiction.
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