Those who are struggling with a substance addiction often think that they can handle the situation on their own. If you are the loved one of someone dealing with an addiction you may even hear them say “I’ve got this under control” all the while you know they do not have it under control. Or perhaps you, as their loved one, are trying to take matters into your own hand and help them yourself. The reality is that the majority of the time, professional help is needed to pave the way to rehabilitation. There are many reasons why this is the case but the good news is there are many options to help!
The Nature of Addiction
Addiction is not an isolated dependence on a substance. It involves changes in the brain that often lead to a hijacked reward system dominated by use of the substance. Simply stopping use of the substance does not change the wiring of the brain. In addition, addiction often stems from or coincides with mental health concerns that need to be addressed by those trained in the field of mental health.
The Difficulty of Recovering Alone
Withdrawal symptoms from stopping use of an addictive substance can pose a great threat to the health of the individual. Even if an individual manages to cease use of the substance, they are at a very high risk of relapse due to stress, environment, and the previously mentioned changes in the brain. And while attending group meetings can be helpful, learning from others’ experiences or having accountability from peers is not the same as professional knowledge.
Help is Available
Research in addiction recovery is ongoing and cutting edge therapies and programs are available to help individuals struggling with an addiction. Often, a combination of group and individual counseling sessions and methods such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in either an outpatient or residential treatment setting are available to not merely help individuals detox and work through withdrawal symptoms but to overcome the underlying issues related to their addiction.
If you or your loved one is struggling with an addiction, seek out professional help by contacting Solace Asia at 012.885.4686 today.