There is one truth you must remember, one fact that cannot be denied: substance abuse is a disease that must be treated. It cannot be conquered by sheer will or casual determination. It cannot be undone with good intentions and the earnest (but ultimately ill prepared) support. It is an illness and it therefore demands help – and such help must be provided by those who understand the body, the mind and the emotions stuffed between.
Substance abuse, simply defined, is a dependence on any form of drugs. If there is a sudden addiction, then the disease has begun. It is imperative therefore to recognize the early signs and symptoms before they transform themselves into something far more dangerous – an obsession that cannot be refused.
Too often, however, do individuals believe themselves capable of ending the abuse without aid. They are certain they can ignore the impulses that led them to this situation and will be able to simply fix this complication. They can’t. And even the assistance of friends and family won’t be enough to compensate.
Professional treatment is needed to combat substance abuse. A carefully selected program crafted from physicians, psychologists and support group leaders is essential. This is not to be the efforts of a user and his family. The burden is simply too great and the consequences can be devastating. This problem must therefore be offered to those who can best define it and devise a solution.
And, while many are wary of professional aid, more still are reaping the benefits of it. Organizations like Rehab-International.org are providing all of the physical and emotional guidance that is needed to succeed. Casual relationships cannot sustain the demands of substance abuse. They will fail (and the cost of that is dangerous). Individuals must be willing instead to search for treatment and accept aid from the ones who can properly offer it.