Suppose you are worried a family member or a friend is struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency. In that case, it can often be difficult to be sure.
After all, you don’t want to act too soon, resulting in the person trying to hide their substance abuse.
But you also don’t want to wait so long that the dependency has massively negatively affected your loved one’s life.
You are placed in an awkward situation. You want to help, but you may not really be entirely sure how to do it.
We can work through this together.
Take the process one step at a time so that your loved ones can receive the help they need.
Here at Rehab 4 Addiction, we have years of experience helping find those struggling with substance abuse a drug and alcohol rehab to treat them.
We are available to support you in helping your loved one, all without ever having to leave the Plympton area.
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We are here to help and tell you how you can as well.
A drug or alcohol dependency develops when a person’s brain becomes used to an extra rush of dopamine substance abuse provides.
While there is no exact point for every person where casual substance abuse develops into a dependency, there are certain factors you can consider.
Drug and alcohol dependency is a complex condition that is caused by physical and mental factors. Unfortunately, as every person is unique, so are their experiences with substance abuse.
Therefore, what may be the cause of one person’s drug or alcohol use may not apply here.
By asking a series of questions, you can gauge the likelihood of a drug or alcohol dependency developing and if it has already taken hold.
Studies have shown that there is a genetic factor in a drug or alcohol dependency being developed. Those with this gene are more likely to be able to develop a drug or alcohol dependency even if they have less experience with substance abuse.
This means that for people living with this gene, experimentation or a one time use can very easily cause their body to begin to crave more.
Those who grew up in a household where substance abuse was part of everyday life often struggle to recognise a developing drug or alcohol dependency until it is too late and they have one.
This is particularly a problem with alcohol.
As the UK has such a widespread drinking culture, many who struggle with alcohol dependencies often go unnoticed. Both casual and social drinking is often used as an excuse for substance abuse.
When they develop their dependency, the younger a person is, the easier it is for them to grow up and assume it is perfectly normal. By having substance abuse around them at home, it is often too easy for teenagers to experiment and develop the same dependency as others.
Many people mistake high tolerances as something normal when in reality, it is often a sign of a drug or alcohol dependency.
When you first abuse substances, you get a rush of dopamine. But over time, your brain becomes so used to it that you simply don’t feel the effects anymore.
This is why a person living with a drug or alcohol dependency will often require more than everyone else in order to achieve the same effect as them.
If you have noticed your loved one has been using more drugs or alcohol as of late, then that is no longer just a bad habit the dependency has developed.
The leading cause of substance abuse and its eventual dependency is mental health problems. It is so common that therapy is one of the core treatments available in a drug and alcohol rehab centre.
Undiagnosed mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder and even psychosis can lead to a person self-medicating.
Self-medicating is when a person uses drugs or alcohol to attempt to manage their mental illness. For example, very commonly, alcohol and other downer substances are used to manage anxiety.
Trauma is also a common cause. Many who have experienced trauma often turn to substance abuse to numb their pain and to try and forget.
Substance abuse only makes a person’s mental health worse. In a drug or alcohol rehab centre in the Plympton area, they will be taught healthier coping mechanisms to replace their substance abuse.
When it comes time to tell your loved one you are worried about them, it won’t be easy.
They may be resistant or even scared about the recovery process. Therefore, it is essential that you take things slow and gently.
To let them know you are there for them and you are acting out of love and worry for their wellbeing.
Having a calm and honest conversation with them about your concerns and how the best place to get help is a drug or alcohol rehab centre.
All you have to do is get the conversation started and then get them to give us a call at 0800 140 4690. Then, we will be able to confirm they are struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency.
We will then have them complete a free initial assessment that we will use to find them a drug and alcohol rehab centre in the Plympton area that has the best possible facilities to cater for their specific needs.
We want what you do. First, to help your loved one on their way to long term recovery.
This won’t be easy for them, but so long as you support them and let them know you care about them, they can begin to help themselves.
Feel free to give us a call any time for clarification on any part of the recovery process.
We are here to help. The more a person knows and understands about rehab, the less frightening it becomes.
The start of their journey is just one phone call away.