Substance abuse can start out innocuously for many people. You might think of trying out a substance to enjoy a party with your friends, or you might feel as though you need something to help you make it through a difficult workday. However, instead of making things easier, substance abuse can make situations increasingly worse, especially if you are unable to control your urges.
Obtaining the substance that you are abusing can often become the focus of one’s life, leading to the neglect of other, more important aspects. As substance abuse progresses, what began as a voluntary choice soon becomes a physical and psychological need. Life Path Health offers an individualised substance abuse rehab programme for those who need help identifying triggers and building a solution to their addiction.
Our substance abuse rehabilitation programme consists of the following:
- A three-day supervised detoxification
- 21-day in-patient treatment focusing on the physical and emotional aspects, as well as providing life skills
- A free 12-month aftercare group
- Family and friend support groups
- Help with reintegrating into work and personal life
- Outpatient treatment
It might be difficult at first to seek out help for a problem for substance abuse, but the first step on your journey to rehabilitation is admitting that there is a problem. If you, a friend, or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse, it is important to speak to a professional at a substance abuse rehabilitation centre for help.
What Are The Symptoms Of Substance Abuse?
If a friend or loved one is exhibiting strange behaviour, it is important to know and understand the symptoms of substance abuse in order to rule these out. Remember that these symptoms might not always mean that a person is addicted to a substance.
You should always turn to a general practitioner or mental health professional before you assume that someone is suffering from substance abuse. Different substances have different symptoms, which we will outline below for better understanding.
As the name suggests, depressants are known for lowering the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. This can lead to the reduction of coherent thought as well as activity. These substances are sometimes used in conjunction with that is colloquially known as “uppers”, or stimulants for a more enjoyable experience. Some of the most common depressants include:
- Opium, Morphine, Codeine (cough and pain medicine)
- Mandrax, Sleeping pills
- Pain relievers
- Inhalants such as glue, petrol, nail polish remover, and thinners
Signs And Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of this form of substance abuse to look out for include unnatural calmness, drowsiness, sores on the body, and hostile behaviour. If you notice a friend or family member exhibiting these symptoms, you should reach out to a substance abuse rehab clinic for help.
Stimulants are used to arouse the central nervous system, essentially providing a different experience to that of depressants. They stimulate the levels of the neurotransmitters and encourage hyperactivity, often providing a “high” feeling to users. Common stimulants include the following below:
- Methamphetamines such as Tik
- Appetite suppressants
Signs And Symptoms
Some of the major symptoms to look out for regarding stimulant abuse include hyperactivity, nervous twitches, aggression, unnatural body heat or cold temperatures, and even fainting fits. Contacting a professional is vital if you see a friend or family member exhibiting these symptoms.
Hallucinogens are more often than not natural drugs, but they can be man-made too. They are used to distort the functions of the central nervous system and can cause a feeling of euphoria as well as hallucinations. Some of the more common hallucinogens include the following:
- LSD (commonly known as “acid”)
- Psilocybin (commonly known as “magic mushrooms”)
- Dextromethorphan (cough and cold medicine ingredient)
Signs And Symptoms
When someone uses hallucinogenic substances, they often experience a diverse array of symptoms. These can include good or bad hallucinations, paranoia, unstable emotions, disturbing thoughts, as well as strange behaviour. These substances can be the gateway to other substance use, so it is important to speak to a mental health practitioner if someone you know is using them.
Our Substance Abuse Rehab Programmes
Life Path Health believes in taking a holistic, rounded approach to dealing with substance abuse rehabilitation. We provide access to a multidisciplinary team of mental health practitioners, which includes psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, as well as occupational therapists.
We have implemented a three-step programme which examines both the physical and the emotional aspects of substance abuse. Focusing on these aspects can truly help people to understand their addiction and how it affects their daily lives. We also look at life skills that can help patients to reintegrate back into their lives. These three aspects combined can provide a balanced solution to substance abuse.
Physical Aspects Of Addiction
During the first step of the programme with Life Path Health, we will examine the nature of the disease of alcohol and substance dependency. This includes reading material about dependency and using it to manage the duration of the recovery period. The following are included in this step:
- Understanding the disease concept
- Identification, understanding, and elimination of triggers
- Managing cravings and relapses
- Examining, physical, emotional, and social losses related to substance abuse
- Application of any lifestyle changes discussed in the programme
This first step will help patients to eliminate any possible triggers and relapses.
Emotional Aspects Of Addiction
The second step of the Life Path Health substance abuse rehab programme is to examine the emotional aspects of your addiction. This will help our patients to work towards emotional healing and a better understanding of their journey. The following are included in the second step:
- Analysing childhood and parental influences on emotional functioning
- Learning to understand personal anger and emotions
- Examining the role of personal anger in the development of substance abuse
- Understanding the relationship between a lack of emotional expression and support in the development of a substance abuse problem
- How family members are affected by an addiction
When our patients are able to address any emotional issues, they are better able to tackle their substance abuse problems and identify any triggers.
Life Skills Implementation
Learning new life skills is important to those who are in recovery or taking steps towards recovery. By committing to a structured care plan, they will be able to cope with the new changes in their life. To maintain the patient’s recovery, the following aspects are addressed:
- Conflict and communication management skills
- Anger management skill development
- Creating a non-negotiable plan of action for triggers
- Attending support groups for help with substance abuse issues
- Seeking support from friends and family members
Life skills development can help those recovering from substance abuse to feel more in control of their lives. Relapses can be prevented if patients can better cope with their new lives.
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