No one plans on becoming addicted. Often, people start using drugs or alcohol as a result of curiosity, peer pressure, or the desire to unwind or have fun. Some people use to cope with problems or as a way to escape. However, at some point, their use crosses that line when it is going to be hard for them to turn back. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that they have a problem until the downward spiral has run its course.
Moreover, not many people talk about their or their loved one’s addiction. This is why many misconceptions are still widely believed, causing stereotyping and stigma. Addicts, meanwhile, may not see the problem or are in denial, and would therefore refuse to seek help.
At Bridges of Hope, we are not only helping people and families deal with addiction but to also gain more knowledge about it and how it can be dealt with:
How do I know if I have a problem with my drug or alcohol use?
If you are wondering if your substance use is a problem, chances are, it is. Still, a good way to know if your use is causing problems in your life, you can take this CAGE Test:
- Have you ever tried to Cut down?
- Have you ever felt Angry or annoyed by someone else’s comments about your drinking or substance use?
- Have you ever felt Guilty about your drinking or using?
- Have you ever used alcohol or other drug as an Eye-opener? Have you used first thing in the morning?
If your answer is “Yes” to two or more of these questions, you may have a problem. Even one “Yes” answer is cause for concern and you should be concerned.
Do I need treatment for my drinking or substance use?
If your substance use is causing you personal, health, financial, social, and legal problems, you should seek help and assessment from a trained counsellor. If you are a family member of someone whom you suspect is addicted to alcohol or substances, you can also talk to a counselor or a recovery specialist.
You can call (02) 622 0193 or text 0917 509 8826.
What happens if I do have a problem and I undergo treatment?
First of all, each treatment facility offers various approaches to addiction and recovery. Each typically have trained and certified staff who will:
- Explore how substance use affects your life and your health
- Assess your situation
- Create a treatment plan specially tailored for you
- Give you access to other services or help that you may need
- Help you set and meet your recovery goals
- Conduct individual, group, and family counseling
- Offer support and updates to your family members
- Help you learn life and recovery skills
- Helps you learn to avoid situations that will lead you to relapse
- Formulate a post-treatment/re-integration plan with you
What if I get withdrawal symptoms?
Withdrawal often occurs when you abruptly stop substance abuse. It varies from person to person and it depends on the substance you are withdrawing from. We at BH offer withdrawal management or detox, which is medically supervised.
How long do I stay in treatment?
How long you stay in the treatment facility depends on the kind of program you’re in as well as how much help you need to achieve your recovery goals. Treatment often lasts from a few week to a few months, to a year, or even longer.
I’ve been in rehab before. Why is this different?
It is a common misconception that when one enters rehab, leaves, and then goes back to substance use once again, that the treatment did not work. This is a dangerous concept because those who have been treated before may find themselves to be a hopeless case and not want to go into treatment again.
Although discouraging, relapse is common and should not be reason to stop seeking help or giving up hope on ever recovering. Perhaps a different treatment may work best for you. Or, you just need to return later to the same treatment program to have greater success. It all depends on you and you can talk to a counselor or specialist to help you make the decision.
Addiction is a sly and persistent disease and the key is to not lose hope and keep on striving for recovery and sobriety.
For help for yourself and your loved one,