Substance Use

Substance Abuse Rehab

Medically Reviewed by Dr. David Hu, MD on 09/23/2022
Dr. Hu is a nationally licensed psychiatrist with 21 years of experience treating mental and behavioral health.

Dr. David Hu
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Offering a Treatment Solution for Addiction Like No Other

There are many reasons why so many young adults became addicted to drugs. Here is a list of the most common reasons substance abuse treatment program professionals typically hear:

Drugs are powerful—they fill the perceived boredom many young people experience.

This first point may seem obvious, but it’s one that many people seem to miss: drugs deliver (at least initially) on the promises they make. At the start, using drugs like heroin, meth, cocaine or marijuana can be a fun and exciting experience.

The catch, of course, is twofold:

  1. These drugs quit working like they once did, and;
  2. The negative side effects and serious consequences to a person’s health inevitably outweigh whatever fun provided in the beginning.

Drugs can and do ruin millions of lives and cost billions in wasted dollars each year. Substance abuse rehab fills client’s lives instead with purpose and meaning that only a life in recovery can provide.

Young people see friends, role models or famous movie stars using drugs and think they can do the same.

“Peer pressure” is a real phenomenon, but the concept is frequently misunderstood as the tired cliché: ‘Come on. Try it. It’ll make you fly.’ Our culture is inundated with images of alcohol and drug use in both the media and online; often those who view it see absolutely no repercussions for the user whatsoever.

Of course, that’s just not reality. The fact is that virtually no one can use drugs for any length of time without something bad happening (i.e. legal issues, health, job loss, or broken relationships). A good rehab program will confront this fiction and offer a new, solid foundational approach to life.

Some men and women self-medicate to treat an underlying mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or another disorder to ease their pain.

Oftentimes, a person entering rehab actually has a misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed co-occurring disorder that has not been addressed. Fortunately, some substance abuse treatment programs partner with mental health professionals who can focus on these disorders simultaneously, allowing patients to find the balance they may not have realized they needed.

Whatever the situation, treatment can help you with your dependence on drugs and alcohol. Millions of Americans every year don’t receive the treatment they need and deserve. If you or a loved one is suffering from substance use disorder, call Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439.

Your Next Step

Whether you’re seeking a drug treatment for your family member, friend, or yourself, admissions professionals should be well informed regarding the varied addiction types that exist and be able to offer insight into the recovery process itself—to let you know that the hope for a new life is real.

Over 23 million people in the United States are addicted to drugs and alcohol, but only 11% of those people will enter a drug rehabilitation center. Without treatment, the devastation in one’s life will continue and their relationships will be strained.

Drug and alcohol abuse costs billions of dollars per year in lost productivity. Addiction cuts lives short and shatters dreams. For those who make the hard choice to get treatment, there are numerous options available to beat the addiction and take their lives back.

How do you know if you are abusing a substance?

If a person gets cravings for a drug or alcohol, starts consuming more to reach the desired effect, and begins to experience negative consequences related to substances but can’t quit on their own, they have an addiction.

How do I know if I need drug rehab for substance abuse?

Anyone who becomes addicted to a substance needs some form of treatment. Underlying causes must be explored in therapy. Oftentimes, an individual may need to undergo a medical detox to clear the drug from their system. Some substances have unpleasant and possibly deadly side effects that require the supervision and help from medical staff. At-home detox is inadequate at providing this necessary support.

The individual may need to stay in a residential program if their addiction is particularly severe or has been ongoing for years. And medical staff and therapists must create an individualized treatment plan to lessen the chances of relapse once the person returns to life outside the facility.

What is the intake process like at an inpatient facility?

At intake, a counselor will assess the severity of the addiction, and determine which type of facility will best meet the patient’s needs. Payment will also be evaluated and processed at intake. Even if insurance doesn’t cover a stay, a counselor can help the person find financing or receive state aid so they can get the treatment they need.

How much therapy will I get in drug rehab?

That depends on several factors. If the addiction were precipitated or followed by a comorbid mental health condition, the patient would need more therapy and probably different types of treatment to address the underlying mental health issue.

For some substance abuse issues, group therapy is incredibly helpful for recovery. Here, patients get a sense of community and camaraderie in a judgment-free environment, led by a trained therapist.

For ongoing treatment, patients should attend intermittent one-on-one therapy sessions, where they will be able to address current life stressors which may cause a relapse.

Therapists can offer much-needed guidance on how to handle stress and adverse circumstances positively.  

Why is treatment necessary for substance abuse?

Without adequate treatment, individuals are at an increased risk of relapsing if they attempt to quit on their own. Also, withdrawal symptoms for certain substances can be deadly, such as the risk of developing delirium tremens and seizures from alcohol addiction. Treatment facilities are staffed with caring, trained therapists and medical staff who can supervise the withdrawal process, and equip the person in recovery with the tools they will need to live a life free from substance abuse and addiction. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, call Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439.