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Some people can't function without drugs or alcohol. Their lives revolve around the substance as they need more and more of it to feel the same "pleasant" effect. When an individual exhibits the destructive patterns of alcohol and drug use that negatively impact their career, family and life, that person is considered to be addicted.
Substance abuse is a problem that can affect adolescents, young adults and older adults. Often, people who are already experiencing depression or other behavioral health issues will also have a substance abuse problem which in turn worsens their original disorder. The negative effects of alcohol and drugs are magnified and become more dangerous when they are mixed with other psychoactive medications.
Symptoms of Substance Abuse:
Many people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol have spent years trying to hide their use from others. Admitting that one’s behavior, even self-destructive behavior, is beyond personal control is extremely difficult. Although the outcome of treatment can have only positive effects on one’s life, getting to the point of accepting help can be a lifelong struggle.
What you can do to help
If you believe you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, don’t wait for things to get better on their own. It is important to seek treatment immediately in order to prevent risk to self and increased damage to family and work relationships. The old saying that one must reach bottom in order to seek help is an outmoded belief. Successful intervention is an obtainable goal for everyone at every level of need. Get help now.
When you need someone to talk to, turn to Belmont Behavioral Health at 1-800-220-HELP (4357) or (215) 877-2000.
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