UNDERSTANDING THE “BENEFITS” OF DRUG USE
Substance addiction is a dangerous and deadly disease, so it’s not surprising that much of the information available focuses on the harmful effects of substance use and abuse. However, to fully treat a substance addiction, it is important to know the perceived or actual benefits that induce people to begin using drugs and alcohol in the first place.
While the physical euphoric and stress-relieving effects of different substances are well-known, the social benefits are less understood. Many people with addictions to substances site that they use drugs and alcohols to make it easier to interact with others, and this can lead to the formation of real, long-term relationships.
While substance addictions can lead to an escalating set of problems, the fact that substance use was involved in positive life developments as well can make it difficult to motivate the addicted person to initially stop and imagine life without the substance. It is crucial for substance addiction treatment programs to fully explore this issue with their clients.
Addiction is a progressive disease, meaning that it will only grow stronger and become more deeply embedded as time goes on. If you or someone you love may be struggling with a substance addiction, it is important to seek competent and professional treatment at the earliest opportunity.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a detoxification and residential treatment program designed to help those at any stage in their addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our facilities and find out whether our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program is the right fit for you.