The chilly state of Idaho has a lower national average of drug abusers than the rest of the nation, but when it comes to alcohol, the number of alcoholics is above average. Numbers aside, drug addiction and alcoholism are both problems that need to be treated by professionals.
Treatment centers are available statewide, as well as rehab programs and support groups. It is important to know about the options and centers available to find the best path of rehabilitation to recovery.
Alcoholism is a disease that can be genetically passed down or developed, and one that can destroy families and lives. Not only can alcoholism lead to many health problems and other diseases, like liver poisoning and disease, but it has many psychological effects on the drinker and their immediate family, friends, and coworkers.
Thousands have found recovery through support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. Others seek other treatment programs, such as inpatient or outpatient therapy.
Outpatient therapy can be as simple as visiting a therapist weekly, whereas inpatient can be a complete detox of the system and daily therapy as long as is needed. Because alcohol is such a common social drink, the key to beating alcoholism is primarily staying sober after recovery. There are many programs and centers statewide that are both free or covered by insurance which can help alcoholics find recovery.
Drug abuse is different from alcoholism in its dangers. Taking drugs for recreational purposes is not only illegal, but in many cases more addictive than alcohol. One time trying cocaine can spawn a lifelong habit, whereas the manifestation of alcoholism tends to form over a period of time.
Because of the seriousness of drug abuse, rehab programs for drug abuse are normally inpatient – at least in the beginning. It is wise to meet with a medical professional before enrolling in a treatment program, as they will be able to refer the user to the best option for them.
A detox stage will need to take place for the user, followed by therapy and counseling, which will help deter them from using and redeveloping the habit. As with alcohol treatment, many programs are state-funded and thus free, or accept insurance. Many churches also help fund outreach programs which help users get clean. The key to quitting drugs is a good support system.
Drug and alcohol addiction can be hard to beat but it is not impossible to get clean and sober. The key is determination, hard work, and a good support system to rely on. This support system can be therapists, doctors, family, and friends.
At the end of the day, the only way to recovery if self-motivation. It may be possible to begin the process in hopes of doing it for loved ones, but at the end of it all, the addict must get better for themselves, if they expect recovery to last. The resources and programs are available, and with that, treatment should be a possibility and goal for all those with a problem.