Identifying addiction and seeking treatment can feel overwhelming. While it can be difficult to know where to start, our crisis guide can provide answers to your questions and help you begin your journey toward recovery.
While you are thinking about seeking treatment and looking for answers, please know that if you are experiencing withdrawal, overdose, or any type of medical emergency connected to drugs or alcohol, call 911. Reach out right away if you ever feel that you or your loved one is in danger.
When speaking about psychology, a crisis is a short-term, substantial change in one’s mental health functioning or circumstances. Someone experiencing a psychological crisis may undergo major changes in their mood, thoughts, or behavior. During a mental health crisis, an individual may present behavior that keeps them from taking care of themselves or being a functioning member of society. Those going through a mental health crisis may also pose a threat of hurting themselves or others.6
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness may play a role in a crisis. If a person is experiencing a crisis, they need support from friends, family, and professionals.
Situations that may lead to a mental health crisis include:6
A mental health crisis may occur with alcohol or drug abuse. As mental health suffers, substance use may result, and vice versa. The abuse of drugs or alcohol can very negatively impact mental health. When an individual is dealing with alcohol or drug misuse, a crisis may reveal to loved ones that the individual is at their lowest point—and they need immediate help.7
Addiction is a chronic illness, like diabetes, heart disease, or asthma.. People often think addiction is a choice or that it can be controlled by the person who is experiencing addiction. While the initial decision to take drugs or use alcohol is a choice, the majority of people who use drugs or alcohol never become addicted. Addiction is a complex brain disorder which lacks a single, specific cause. It’s influenced by many factors, from genetics to an individual’s personal experiences.8
It is impossible to predict who will become addicted. Once someone develops an addiction, they experience alterations in their brain function that affect their ability to make rational choices. A person who is a addicted to drugs or alcohol may be diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD), is the compulsive use of substances despite negative consequences from using them.1
Not everyone who uses drugs or alcohol will be diagnosed with a substance use disorder. Some people might misuse on occasion, and you might find yourself wondering if you or your loved one has a problem.
Only a doctor or mental health professional can fully diagnose an SUD. However, some signs may include:2
Taking the first steps into recovery can be scary. The first thing to do is to understand the treatment options that are available. An individual’s needs will help to determine the most effective treatment type. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to treating SUDs.
For many people, the first stage of treatment is detox, though this is not necessary for all types of SUDs. Detox is only the first stage of treatment, the process in which a substance is removed from a person’s body.3 By itself, completing withdrawal management during detox rids the drug from the body but does little to change long-term substance misuse.9
Treatment settings include:3
Forms of treatment include:3
How do I help a loved one with an addiction? Helping a loved one struggling with addiction can be difficult. You may be frustrated and confused by your loved one’s behaviors and wonder why they can’t stop using. It’s important to remember that addiction is a chronic disease and not a choice.
Therapy may help you to learn how to better cope with your loved one’s substance use. Families can be an enormous source of support for loved ones in rehab and recovery, but they can also enable a family member’s SUD by protecting them from the consequences of their use.4
Facing the reality of your substance abuse and pursuing treatment may seem impossible but know that there is always hope—and help. Contact one of our admissions navigators. They are here 24/7 to provide the guidance, information, and support you need as you or your loved one begins the journey toward health and sobriety.
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