Seeking Treatment

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Seeking Treatment

More than 40 million people in the United States,16 percent of all Americans over age 12 suffer from nicotine, alcohol, or drug addiction. Only about 10 percent of those people receive treatment, according to a recent report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia). And far fewer receive effective, evidence-based treatment, according to the report, entitled “Addiction medicine: Closing the gap between science and practice.”1The previous three articles for Insights have focused on the brain and how drugs change it. The changes can be long-lasting and a brain on drugs is not normal. It wants more drugs. But just like drugs change the brain, abstinence and treatment can at least partially reverse the changes.2,3,4

It may take some time and it won’t be easy, but all is not lost.

Another problem is addicts have poor health. They have neglected the care of their body and mind.
They may have:

  • Infections from needles.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Stress-related illnesses such as anxiety, depression and more.
Being an addict also reduces life expectancyTreatment is necessary to help recover their productive lives.

Thinking style of an addictDenial“I do not have a problem. I can stop any time I want. Do not call me an addict! Why should I stop? Drugs help me.”

Drugs can help control emotional symptoms, at least in part, but at the cost of potential addiction.

Denying drug use allows them to do nothing and that can be a comforting frame of mind. They play the blame game (parents, bosses, illnesses, doctors and unfair treatment).Self-loathing is common along with low self-esteem, guilt and shame.The addict may come to realize what they have done to themselves and others. They may have tried to reverse course, but may have failed. They may sink lower and lower but are unable to stop it.

All of these factors promote continuing drug use.

Confusion and fear of treatment
They may think that they will be:

  • Handcuffed.
  • Arrested.
  • Locked up.
  • Given a prison record.
  • Forcibly withdrawn from drugs.
  • Thrown back on the streets.
  • Mothers worried their children will be taken from them.

People’s lives have been saved by timely treatment. The effectiveness of treatment is well documented.1

Why seek treatment

  • The addict hit bottom and became desperate for a program that would help.
  • They may have experienced a spiritual rebirth.
  • Forced into treatment by the criminal justice system, employers or family.
  • Realize they have a lousy life, and it really does not have to be this way.

Does it always work for each and every person? A person in treatment for their addiction may require multiple rounds of treatments and may experience relapses before finding success. There may be those that drop out of treatment or never get adequate treatment.

Factors that predict success in treatment:

  • Lower level of dependence or drug use.
  • Good support system.
  • Job or career.
These factors seem to help, but people without these factors or characteristics have achieved success in their recovery.

The cost of treatmentTreatment may be free, low cost or on a sliding scale, but this depends upon insurance, treatment availability and patient resources.Addicts cannot afford to not go into treatment.

Overall, it is cheaper to treat than not to treat.5

Why treat them? They are only addicts!This is a critical issue and has to do with society’s views and attitudes about addicts6:

  • Addicts and addiction carry a stigma.
  • People consider drug use a moral or character failure requiring something like an awakening or a spiritual rebirth for a cure.
  • Society feels that addiction is something that individuals do to themselves so therefore they should undo it by themselves.
There is a tendency for self-righteousness and moralizing in some groups!

Addiction research has shown that addiction is a brain-based disorder because of biological vulnerabilities and environmental factors.From this perspective, drug abuse is similar to other diseases.

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Cynthia Blair RN MA–January 2024

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