Substance Abuse Rehab – Finding Help & a Treatment Program

Substance Abuse Addiction

Substance abuse is defined by the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010 as long-term, pathological use of alcohol or drugs, characterized by daily intoxication, inability to reduce consumption, and impairment in social or occupational functioning. Addiction, also defined by the Random House Dictionary, means the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. Therefore substance abuse addiction means to be enslaved to drugs or alcohol. No one wants to be enslaved to anything. Substance abuse addiction is devastating not only to the person addicted but also those who love and care for them. Be it alcohol or drugs the person is addicted to, they have lost control of their life.

A person battling a substance abuse addiction will start each day wondering if they are going to be able to get more alcohol or drugs. The first thought will be if they have any of the drink or drug leftover from the night before. This will happen for some because they have become dependent on the drug or drink to get their day started. They feel if they do not have the substance they cannot function.

On the other hand, some will wake up with the need to get more drugs or drink so they will not become physically ill. Without the drug or drink their body starts going through a physical withdrawal, some drugs a mental withdrawal, which can cause great discomfort that the person addicted does not want to experience at any cost. This is the point where the persons’ addiction has them completely enslaved.

The fear of having to go without drug or drink and possible withdrawal will consume the person to where they are willing to do anything for the next dose. They will lie, cheat and steal not only from family and friends but also from their work if they are lucky enough to still have a job.

By this point of their addiction they are just living for that next drink or drug to make all mental and physical pain go away. That is what drugs and alcohol are: painkillers. Escaping through drugs or alcohol does not make the problem go away, usually the problem becomes worse and past the point of an easy correction. Feeling overwhelmed the person will drink or drug more and try to stay numb to the chaos of their life.

If the person realizes and is willing to admit they have a substance abuse addiction and are willing to get help, act quickly. Their moment of clarity might not last and the drugs and alcohol will start calling to them. Substance abuse addiction does not have to destroy a person. Find the right treatment for them and they will rule their world once again instead of the drugs or alcohol.