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Substance Abuse Rehab Westport (203) 571-0064

Substance abuse, or using psychoactive substances in an unhealthy way, can lead to a physical addiction, which is characterized by the inability to control your use of drugs despite trying to quit and even though it’s causing problems in your life.

For those who engage in the intense abuse of a substance, substance abuse rehab can help sort through the various complex issues that contributed to the abuse. Substance abuse rehab employs a number of both traditional and alternative therapies to help patients learn to identify and change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.

Substance abuse rehab can take place in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Inpatient treatment is essential for those with a long history of abuse or who have co-occurring mental health problems or secondary addictions. Outpatient substance abuse rehab can also be effective as long as the patient is committed to recovery and has support at home.

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and addiction, call Drug Treatment Centers Westport at (203) 571-0064.

Different Types of Substances of Abuse

The most common substances of abuse in the U.S. are alcohol, illegal drugs, and prescription medications.

Alcohol is the most widely abused substance both in the U.S. and in Fairfield County, where over 26 percent of people ages 12 and over binge drink at least once a month, according to a recent community health assessment.

Illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine, and meth are a major problem in towns and cities across the country. In Connecticut, heroin is the most widely abused illegal drug, accounting for 8,000 admissions to drug rehab each year, which is a 300 percent increase from 2010, followed by marijuana, which accounts for 5,000 admissions to treatment each year.

Prescription drugs include opiates like OxyContin, stimulants like Adderall, and sedatives like Valium. Prescription drug abuse in Connecticut accounts for nearly 2,000 admissions to drug rehab each year, and experts are concerned that more people are turning from prescription opiates to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to find on the street.

General Warning Signs of Substance Abuse

Each type of substance has its own set of warning signs of abuse, but some of the signs of substance abuse in general include:

  • Neglecting responsibilities.
  • Abandoning hobbies.
  • Changes in mood.
  • Lying about drug use.
  • Using drugs frequently.
  • Taking risks.
  • Experiencing blackouts, or memory lapses, after consuming drugs or alcohol.
  • The presence of paraphernalia.

Signs of heroin abuse include:

  • Needle marks on the arms and legs.
  • A decline in personal hygiene.
  • Periods of severe drowsiness and sleeping at unusual times.
  • Frequent yawning.
  • Dilated pupils for four to five hours after taking heroin.

Does Abusing One Drug Lead to the Abuse of Others?

In some cases, abusing one drug lead to the abuse of others. Some of the reasons this occurs include:

  • Drug dealers who offer a taste of different or new products.
  • Using one drug to counteract the effects of another.
  • Having a predisposition for drug seeking and abusing behaviors due to underlying issues like mental illness, stress, or abuse.

The Health Effects of Drug Abuse

Prolonged abuse of drugs or alcohol can cause serious long-term health effects. These include:

  • A weakened immune system.
  • Heart disease or heart failure.
  • Liver and kidney disease.
  • High blood pressure and stroke.
  • Sexual and reproductive dysfunction.
  • The onset or worsening of mental health disorders.
  • Declining cognitive function.

Treating Drug Abuse

Various therapies are used to treat substance abuse, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps patients learn to identify and change unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaving, motivational interviewing to help patients build and maintain motivation for quitting drugs, and other psychotherapies that arm patients with skills for coping with stress, cravings, and triggers.

After the successful completion of drug rehab, an aftercare plan is implemented to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. The relapse prevention plan is highly individualized with components that meet specific needs, such as a stay in a sober living facility or vocational rehab. All aftercare plans include ongoing therapy and participation in community recovery groups.

Why People Avoid Treatment for Drug Abuse

Only a small percentage of those who need help beating a drug abuse problem seek treatment. Some of the reasons for this include:

  • The misconception that life is boring without drugs.
  • The fear of losing friends who will continue to use.
  • The fear of what others will think.
  • Being in denial that a problem exists.
  • The cost of treatment.

How to Encourage Your Loved One to Get Help

If you have a loved one who abuses drugs, discuss your concerns and cite specific examples of why you’re worried, but be prepared to have your concerns met with denial. Don’t threaten, preach, or blame, but rather offer your support. Until your loved one is ready to get help, don’t make excuses, take over responsibilities, or otherwise protect your loved one from the consequences of the behaviors associated with drug abuse.

Call Drug Treatment Centers Westport now at (203) 571-0064.

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