Due to prevalent depression and easy access to drugs, substance abuse has become a major issue in the contemporary world. Substance use disorder (SUD) services support drug addicts in achieving specific recovery goals and preventing relapses. Through assessment, counseling, psychoeducation, and other psychotherapeutic methods, these services help substance abusers cope with the situation. However, if not taken care of, they can become a threat to themselves and society.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), “about 38% of the US adult population suffered from substance use disorders in 2017.”
Main causes of substance abuse:
There are certain factors associated with substance abuse, including:
- Mental illnesses
- Relationship problems
- Financial crisis
- Mental trauma or abuse
- Chronic medical condition or pain
- Excessive stress
- Other factors such as loss of a loved one, low self-esteem, low grades, and others.
Is drug addiction a potential danger?
Substance abuse has the potential to disrupt the socio-cultural fabric of a society as it can become a source of violence, homelessness, unemployment, monetary problems, the financial burden on healthcare, poverty, relationship issues, and even death.
How do SUD services help in coping with substance abuse?
Substance use disorder services provide support at different levels to assess, recover, and prevent people from drug addiction. SUD services include:
a) Integrated Assessment:
Under this, a drug addict’s strengths, needs, natural support, relevant past events, current medical and psychological conditions are assessed.
b) Motivational interviewing:
It is a counseling method based on four guiding principles, i.e.,
- Show empathy towards clients.
- Acknowledge the patient’s motivations.
- Develop autonomy.
- Deal with resistance.
c) Individual, group, and family counseling:
Psychotherapeutic counseling at different levels helps drug addicts in successful integration into society and regain self-esteem.
Psychoeducation provides necessary information and knowledge about drug addiction structured to a substance abuser and his family. This helps in strengthening natural supports to cope with the illness.
e) Relapse prevention:
Working on different relapse prevention models and principles, SUD services prevent any relapses of drug addiction. It is the most important step in recovery management of substance abuse. In relapse prevention, the following measures are generally taken:
- Identify warning signs of relapse
- Notify about the change in behaviors
- Prevent abstinence syndromes
- Close monitoring
- Ensure balanced lifestyle
f) Medication management:
Some clients, however, might need medication support in the initial stages of their recovery phase. For such people, SUD services provide proper medication management.
Besides these, SUD services usually collaborate with different employment, living, and community services to provide different opportunities to drug addicts, particularly in the recovery phase. It helps them survive and live in a society with profound self-esteem.
Our substance use disorder services have a team of highly qualified mental health professionals and caretakers who can help you or your loved one cope with drug addiction and permanently get rid of this abuse.
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