It’s now the month of May! That means it’s truly springtime. We can see the effects of this beautiful season all around us. Nature has a way of making things come alive during this time of the year. This is also a great time for you to truly experience life. If you’ve been struggling with a substance abuse problem, it’s time to smell the flowers of recovery and awaken a new life within yourself. It’s not always easy to know how to do that. So, we’ll talk about a few things you can do as you spring forth into a life free from substance dependence.
What is a Substance Abuse Problem?
This may seem like a strange question. But, often, people do not realize that they actually have a substance abuse problem. It’s not always clear that someone is struggling with this issue. So, what exactly is a substance abuse problem? How do people know that they have a problem with alcohol or prescription medication dependence? Well, there are a couple ways to know that the person has a problem. But, first, let’s define what is meant by “substance abuse problem”.
When a person has an issue with substance abuse, they’ve most likely become dependent on alcohol or a particular drug. Perhaps the person feels unable to function without having something to drink. Or, maybe, the individual takes more of their prescription medication than the doctor has instructed. In both cases, the person has begun to abuse the substance. It’s not always intentional. In fact, it’s usually completely unintended. For instance, a person who is living with chronic pain may begin to take more medication than prescribed because they seek pain relief. But, this can lead them to become dependent on their medicine. Dependence prevents the person from being able to stop taking the medicine, even if the dose is causing harm to his or her body.
Growing Through and After Treatment
When people experience dependency, they should get professional help to overcome the issue. A substance abuse problem is very serious. But, fortunately, it’s also treatable. The recovery process isn’t easy. But, the most important thing to remember is that you have to do more than just go through the treatment process. You also need to grow through it. This means that you should learn more about how to take care of yourself without being dependent on a substance. Here at Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services, we offer our clients some ways to treat chronic pain without medications that cause dependency.
Growing through the recovery process also means dealing with the cause of your substance abuse problem. Sometimes, people become dependent on alcohol or drugs because of another issue. Negative thought patterns, depression, anxiety, and other disorders can cause people to struggle with dependency. But, through individual and group therapy, you can learn more about how to form healthier thought patterns and make more positive lifestyle choices.
Spring Into Treatment With Diablo Valley
At Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, our mission is to help people overcome any substance abuse problem they may have. We want to see people grow through their detox and recovery process. So, we provide various types of therapy and counseling. Sometimes, the detox process can be difficult. But, like the rains of April, your detox and recovery process will bring beauty and growth into your life.