Anyone Could Abuse Drugs
Worldwide, there are over 29.5 million people suffering from drug use disorders, according to a 2017 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. This means that 0.6 percent of the entire adult population was suffering from drug use disorders in 2016. Since then, many of them will have sought help. Those that worked through a program like the one offered at Buehnen Watch, may have a handle on their addiction.
Others will still be statistics in the 2018 report. Further, that number of people is a conservative estimate, and the true statistic may be as high as 62 million globally. According to the WHO, 3 million of those people will die each year from alcohol use alone. Still, even with all of those deaths, the number of those suffering from drug addiction and drug use disorders is still rising year over year.
What You Need To Know About Addiction Recovery
On the other side of the coin, anyone can recover from drug addiction. The process isn’t easy or quick, but neither was developing the addiction in the first place. Addiction is a disease of the mind, the brain, and the body. It takes a lot to heal all of that, and once you have developed an addiction, you may not feel like you have enough to give. Addiction is exhausting.
That’s why you need support. Those with a strong support system are far less likely to relapse and often feel more positively about their recoveries. There is no cure for drug addiction of any kind, but there are processes that have worked for hundreds of millions. These are the processes we believe in, as well as alternative and individualized therapies.
Recovery Isn’t Over When You Get Sober
Once you quit drugs and get them out of your system, you have to live your life. Things will be hard. You will be tempted to relapse or develop a secondary addiction. These are hard to avoid. To do so, you will need healthy routines and someone you can talk to and trust. It may be easier for those that know you best to notice the signs that something is off.
Overall, you will have to make changes. If in therapy you realize that your job or your environment is triggering for you, you will be encouraged to change these things. You may need to overhaul your entire life. It will not be easy to do alone, and you don’t have to- this is another part of treatment and recovery.
Addiction Can Develop Before You Realize What’s Happening
There may be a few outliers, but very few people will ever plan to develop an addiction. Even once they start using drugs regularly, they may not notice the signs. Will not realize that saying, “No, not today,” has become virtually impossible. When they do, when it is brought to their attention that they can’t function or even imagine their life without their addiction, then they may realize they need help.
Addiction can happen to anyone. It might not even look like addiction to anyone but you. However, if you have a drug habit that ever harms you- your health, your relationships, or your quality of life in any way, then it is an addiction. Without treatment and if left unchecked, that addiction will do more harm.
Relapse Does Not Mean You Have Failed
How many things have you ever gotten right on the first try? Have you stuck with every hobby and interest in life? Remaining sober and sustaining your recovery can be like any other habit or lifestyle change. You may stumble and relapse. That does not mean you are destined to be addicted for life. Many people will relapse once, maybe even twice. But they will manage to avoid it the next time.