Not just illegal drugs like cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and heroin can be abused—prescription painkillers, laughing gas, and alcohol can also be misused so that they cause harm to your body. Maybe you started experimenting out of curiosity, feeling that you were in control of how much and how often you used. However, it is not uncommon with continued use to need your drug of choice more often, and in larger amounts. In these cases, the intervention of medical professionals can ensure that you get back control of yourself and your body, effectively and safely.
How Do You Know If It’s a Problem?
If you use any of the above drugs and can answer “yes” to any of the questions below, it could be time to seek help.
- Are you spending a lot of time alone?
- Has your sleep schedule changed?
- Are you taking care of yourself?
- Have you changed who you friends are?
- Have your relationships with family members deteriorated?
- Has your appetite changed?
- Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy?
- Does your mood change quickly?
- Do you need to take greater doses of your drug of choice to achieve the same high?
It is harmful but not unusual for people to use drugs as a way to cope with depression, anxiety, or past trauma, or even to self-medicate a behavioural disorder. In these cases, your substance abuse might be classified as a co-occurring disorder, and it will be important to seek treatment both for your use of narcotics and the emotional issue at the root of your drug use to ensure that you achieve a full and lasting recovery. Continued drug abuse can have devastating consequences: addiction, chronic health problems, and fatal overdoses.
What Treatment Is Available?
While outpatient treatment is available for those with substance abuse problems, it is normally recommended for people who are able to maintain their everyday responsibilities while undergoing counselling.
Inpatient treatment—like that offered at The Edge—removes you from the triggers that tempt you use your drug of choice. We are confident in our ability to treat all forms of substance abuse, and offer two kinds of counselling: one-on-one and group sessions. Here, you can set new goals for yourself, improve your communication skills, and address other mental or behavioural issues that may be linked to your drug use. Our treatment also stimulates your mind and body with a range of other activities, including intensive fitness and sport training and wilderness adventure. This helps to simulate the overcoming of challenges that lie ahead in the path toward recovery, as well as to kick start the production of feel-good endorphins in your brain.
Call and consult with us today—for free—to see how we can help you not only get clean, but become a stronger, sharper, better you.