Drug and alcohol addiction is on the rise all over the world. With many turning to alcohol and drugs to cope with stress, they soon find that they are in the middle of an addiction and are not sure where to find help. At Integrity Way Recovery Center, the staff truly believes that it is possible for anyone to learn how to live life again, without the detrimental effects of chemical dependency.
Generally when the word addiction is said, many think of the stereotypical junkie living in the inner city begging for food and change. The unsettling truth is that anyone can become an addict. The disease of addiction can affect anyone regardless of age, social class, sex or race. No one wakes up one day and decides they are going to become an addict. Addiction to a substance generally begins slowly. Some may start abusing a substance in a social setting, while others may begin using due to peer pressure. Whatever the reasons are behind the addiction, a person begins to feel hopeless and powerless over their addiction, and as much as the person may want to stop using a substance, they soon find themselves a slave to addiction.
Once the body has become addicted to a substance, it requires more of the chemical to get the same effect as it did in the beginning stages. For some addicts the urge to abuse a substance is not necessarily to get high, it is too keep the symptoms of withdrawal at bay. This is especially apparent in those that are addicted to heroin or other types of opiates for example.
Changes in personality, friends and behavior are generally the first signs that a person is dealing with an addiction problem. However, in some cases the person does not exhibit any warning signs that they are addicted to a substance. This type of addict is referred to as a functioning addiction. An addict that is functional will continue to hold a job and take care of family obligations while still abusing a substance. The person will hide the addiction so well from coworkers, family and friends that they are shocked when they finally find out about the problem.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are friends and family members, who will help the person, hide the substance abuse. They will often give an addict some money, take them to purchase the drugs or alcohol and make excuses for them, thinking that they are helping or keeping the addict safe. Those that think they are helping the addict, in actuality, are doing more harm to the person than good. Enabling a person who has a substance abuse problem only perpetuates the addiction. By not getting the addict help at Integrity Way Recovery Center, it will only make the addiction worse.
By entering into a treatment facility, the person will learn how to live a life of sobriety. By going through group and individual counseling, it will teach the addict positive coping skills and the self-efficacy needed, to deal with everyday stress that can otherwise cause them to relapse. If you or someone you love is struggling in the grips of an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact Integrity Way Recovery Center now, before it is too late.