Addiction puts a person at risk for life-threatening health complications. Substance use disorders and addiction cause brain damage, liver failure, nerve damage, heart attack, overdose, and early death. Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or paranoia develop from substance abuse.
Drug and alcohol abuse severs relationships with loved ones. A person who has a substance addiction becomes less productive, responsive, and dependable. This can lead to job loss and financial problems. Savings is spent on getting more drugs or alcohol while responsibilities are no longer a priority.
If your loved one is battling addiction, he or she might be reluctant to seek treatment. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Fear of a lifestyle change. When a person goes through treatment, a lot needs to change for a successful recovery. He or she must exchange their current lifestyle for one that is substance-free. This can be difficult because the addicted brain needs to learn to function normally, without the control of substances that created the dependency.
- Fear of stigma. There can be a stigma in reference to addiction. Unfortunately, this judgment can deter your loved one from getting treatment. The negative perception people have on those suffering from addiction can contribute to a person’s low self-esteem, low confidence, and feelings of unworthiness.
- Fear of painful withdrawals. A person experiences withdrawals when drug or alcohol use ends. The symptoms of withdrawals vary and depend on the amount of alcohol consumed, what drug was used, how often it was used, the duration of use, and other factors such as physical health, genetics, and environment. Withdrawals can be very uncomfortable and could deter a person from seeking treatment.
- Fear of letting go of friends. When a person commits to treatment, potential triggers must be avoided. This includes anyone who engaged with him or her using drugs or alcohol.
There are many benefits of living substance-free. Support and encouragement from family and friends can help influence your loved one to get the treatment they need.
If you or a loved one is battling addiction, get help today. Make the call to save yourself or your loved one from the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. Treatment is available and recovery is possible.
Cypress Lakes Lodge offers treatment for addiction in a peaceful, remote, oxygen-rich environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 409-331-2204