Addiction puts a person at risk for life-threatening medical health complications. Substance abuse causes brain damage, liver failure, nerve damage, heart attack, overdose, and death. Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or paranoia can develop from substance abuse.
Drug and alcohol abuse severs relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. A person who struggles with addiction becomes less productive, responsive, and dependable. This can lead to job loss and financial problems. All savings is spent on getting more drugs and alcohol while responsibilities are no longer a priority. Family and friends are also affected by their loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction.
People who suffer from addiction can be reluctant to seek treatment. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Fear of a lifestyle change. When a person goes through treatment, a lot needs to change for a successful recovery. He or she must exchange their lifestyle of drug and alcohol abuse for one that is substance-free. This is difficult to do because an addicted brain needs to learn to function normally
- Fear of painful withdrawals. Withdrawals occur when drug and alcohol use ends. The symptoms of withdrawals vary and depend on the amount of alcohol consumed, what drug was used, how often it was used, the duration of use, and other factors such as mental and physical health.
- Fear of losing friends. When a person commits to treatment, the potential risks of relapse must be avoided. This includes friends or people who are associated with their drug or alcohol use.
- Fear of negative stigma. There can be a negative stigma surrounding drug or alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, this judgment can deter a person from getting treatment. The negative perception people have on those with an addiction can contribute to a person’s low self-esteem, low confidence, and feelings of unworthiness.
There are so many benefits of living substance-free. Support and encouragement from family and friends can help influence a loved one to get the treatment they need. People with a drug or alcohol addiction can live a healthy, sober lifestyle throughout recovery.
Relationships can heal and new friendships can develop through group meetings and aftercare services. Withdrawals can be managed with medication-assisted detox. With the right mindset, recovery is possible. A substance-free life is liberating and physical, emotional, and mental health can be restored.
If you or your loved one struggles with addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and is an exclusive experience for individuals who truly want to change. We encompass holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151