Alcohol &Substance Abuse
Substance abuse can involve some sort of drug (prescriptions, marijuana, cocaine etc.)
Alcohol abuse is the misuse of alcohol at any age.
Treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence usually includes group therapy, one or more types of counseling, and alcohol education. You also may need medicine. A 12 step program often is part of treatment and continues after treatment ends. Treatment doesn't just deal with alcohol. It will help you manage problems in your daily life so you don't have to depend on alcohol. You'll learn good reasons to quit drinking.
Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. There is no single treatment appropriate for everyone. Treatment needs to focus on the human and how to make the human stable without the drug. There are different methods for treatment.
-Medications(needed if you combined counseling and other therapy options)
-Counseling(individual or group therapies and other behavioral therapies)
Individual's treatment and services plan must be assessed continually and modified as necessary to ensure that it meets his or her changing needs.Many drug addicted people can develop mental disorders.
Medications:(Medications can be used to help with different aspects of the treatment process). Medications offer help in suppressing withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. However, medically assisted detoxification is not in itself "treatment" it is only the first step in the treatment process. Medications can be used to help reestablish normal brain function and to prevent relapse and diminish cravings. Currently, we have medications for opioids (heroin, morphine), tobacco (nicotine), and alcohol addiction and are developing others for treating stimulant (cocaine, methamphetamine) and cannabis (marijuana) addiction.
Myth: That drugs and alcohol are good for you and can help you get through anything
-they are not good for you
-they can make things worse instead of making things better
-they can destroy body parts(brain, heart, liver, pancreas, cancer)
-you can hurt people by them(family, friends, loved ones)
-can be deathly