What Is Substance Abuse Disorder?

Drug Rehab in RaleighEveryone is familiar with substance abuse. We deal with every day at our center for drug rehab in Raleigh NC. However, many people do not realize that drug addiction is a mental disorder which is often tied to an underlying mental health issue. For this reason, people who struggle with substance abuse often have undiagnosed or untreated mental illness. Coupling this untreated mental illness with highly addictive drugs makes overcoming these addictions difficult.

At Legacy Freedom Raleigh we are experienced in treating substance abuse addiction. Through our holistic approach to chemical dependency, we treat the whole person, not just the addiction. With more than ten different types of alternative therapies to choose from, our treatment program is unlike any other program you have tried. This is not a twelve step program; this is a whole person lifestyle change. We believe in treating the underlying depression, anxiety, PTSD or other conditions that are leading you to choose substance abuse as a way to self-medicate.

If you, or someone you love, are struggling with substance abuse, we encourage you to learn more about our drug rehab in Raleigh NC. Explore the different types of therapy available to you. Whether you choose equine assisted therapy, aromatherapy, yoga or adventure therapy, Legacy Freedom can help you create a customized treatment plan that fits your interests and provides a new, healthy and sober focus. Nourishing your body as well as your mind is critical for your new sober lifestyle. Our nutritionists and physical therapists work with you to help you develop healthy eating habits and heal the physical damage that your addiction has done.

There is no doubt that your addiction has taken your life off track. Each patient is assigned a Life-Purpose Coach to help guide them through their recovery process. Addiction is cunning and buries your goals, aspirations, and dreams beneath the need to feed your addiction. Begin to recognize and embrace your talents and gifts so that you can find purpose and a plan for a fulfilling future. Living a whole and happy life filled with purpose and passion is the goal.

Most people who suffer from severe substance abuse disorder will not seek treatment on their own. Denial is the most common symptom of addiction. Addicts deny their addiction for fear of being judged or ostracized by family and friends. Denying their addiction allows many addicts to believe that they are denying the existence of underlying problems like depression, anxiety or PTSD fearing a stereotype or stigma because of their mental illness. The reality is that treating the underlying mental illness and addressing the substance abuse disorder is the beginning of recovery. This recovery not only includes a new, sober lifestyle, but also a chance to repair damaged relationships with friends and family.

While there is no definitive answer as to what causes someone to become a substance abuser, there are several factors that have been found to contribute to a person's tendency to use and abuse substances.

The following contribute to the likelihood that a person will have a substance abuse problem or suffer from substance abuse disorder:

  • Childhood exposure to parents' drug use
  • Genetics
  • Emotional trauma or distress
  • ADD
  • Chronic anxiety issues
  • PTSD
  • Environmental or lifestyle stress
  • Depression
  • Peer pressure

The age of the person when they are exposed to their drug of choice for the first time seems to play a significant role in the likelihood of them developing a substance addiction. While there are multiple stages of drug abuse, younger drug users appear to move through these stages more quickly and develop crippling addictions faster than those who are older when they begin to use drugs or alcohol.

The most severe of these stages is a full blown addiction. By the time someone is fully dependent on their drug of choice their health has severely deteriorated and they are unable to cope or function without using. Often this level of addiction is complicated by extensive legal, financial or criminal problems and the user often has little to no family contact. Chances are the inner circle this person is surrounded by are all enablers or addicts and are encouraging the abuser to keep using rather than seek treatment. For quality drug rehab in Raleigh NC, be sure to call Legacy Freedom.

When the user begins to lose motivation, misses work or school and appears to have no other interests outside of getting high or finding their next fix the addiction has evolved into a risky or problematic situation. This stage quickly escalates into full-blown addiction as the user becomes secretive about their drug use and their activities. It is during this time that many users turn to prostitution or dealing drugs themselves to support their habit. Chasing the high becomes the priority, and this may mean that harder, more serious drugs become their focus. Legal, financial and criminal issues often arise in this state of addiction.

Drug Rehab in RaleighRegular drug users have begun the decent into full blown addiction by developing a tolerance to their initial drug of choice. Once this tolerance forms the transition to harder drugs begins as they chase the next high. Distancing themselves from friends and family gives them more chances to score and use drugs or alcohol and the paranoia of losing access to the source of their drugs sets in. A new group of friends comes into play, many of whom are dealing drugs or have direct connections to drugs. Attendance at work, school or family events begins to decrease as these new friends become more important because of their connections and ability to feed the user's habit.

The least dangerous stage of drug use is the experimental phase. During this phase, peer pressure and defiance are the motivating factors for experimentation. This phase is often associated with teenagers and young adults. Drug use is done as a recreational activity with peers or to impress those around them. The likelihood of a full-blown addiction developing from this experimentation is relatively small. However, if the user is experiencing emotional or psychological trauma during this phase an addiction may develop as they seek to self medicate for these feelings.

Those who are experiencing substance abuse disorder often display behavior patterns that are identifiable to the people around them. These behavior patterns should be cause for concern:

  • Lack of care in personal hygiene or physical appearance
  • Avoiding activities with family and friends
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Failure to eat
  • Hiding drug abuse or sneaking off to use drugs
  • Constant confusion or failure to understand things around them
  • Continued drug use in spite of declining health, finances, or relationships
  • Increased legal or criminal issues
  • Violent outbursts

Identifying these behaviors in yourself, or someone you love, signifies that there is a need for treatment and that substance abuse disorder is present. At Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers our programs are designed around you and your unique needs. Our professional staff is trained to deal with multiple addictions, mental health issues and to help you break free of this vicious cycle.

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Your journey to healing and recovery begins with a single phone call. Call Legacy Freedom of Raleigh today and begin to find your purpose in life again. A sober, healthy and fulfilling life can be yours, and Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers can help with affordable drug rehab in Raleigh NC.

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