We’re now putting the spotlight on HIV and how it is linked to substance addiction.
Attention on HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency Virus) has been revived anew since the recent revelation of controversial actor Charlie Sheen about him being HIV-positive. Many of his friends have urged him to come out amid rumors and in order to somehow erase the stigma surrounding this disease.
Do you love him so much that you are willing to get him into rehab?
When you have a partner, spouse, family member or friend who is suffering from substance dependence or addiction, we often find ourselves wanting to keep them from harm and protect them even from themselves. We try to keep them clean and healthy, buy them medicine when they get sick, cover up their unpaid bills, support them when they lose their jobs, and help them if they get into any legal trouble.
Maybe you have tried many times. To stop. Many, many times. You have asked your spouse to stop you from getting out of the house, or you’ve tried to hint to your family your problem. You think that your love for your partner, your family, your career or your education is motivation enough to stop using.
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.
Having someone dear to you, like a partner or a family member, who is in drug or alcohol rehab most often means that you’re facing a lot of struggles. These struggles are further exacerbated by questions, doubts, and misconceptions on how professional rehabilitation facilities work.
To help you gain some perspective and allay your fears, here are a few of the things you should know about drug and alcohol rehabilitation for your loved one.
Although the Philippines has a comparatively lower suicide rate than its neighboring countries, the increase in the number of Filipinos committing suicide over the last decades is something that cannot be ignored. From 1984 to 2005, the suicide rate in our country has increased from 0.46 to 7 out of every 200,000 men, and from 0.24 to two for every 200,000 women. Majority of these cases involve young people aged 24 years old and below.
Seeing a loved one struggle with addiction can be painful. Whether a spouse, child, parent or other family member, is the one addicted, it can leave us frustrated, angry, ashamed, frightened, worried, overwhelmed, and yet utterly helpless. Perhaps you have tried to talk–or even threaten–them into seeking professional help, but nothing seemed to stop them from using.
Starting your life in recovery can be a strange experience after a lifestyle controlled by compulsions and addictions. Many say that the first year of recovery is the toughest, but it gets better as you become sober for longer.