Drug addiction is a destructive force that tears apart families, households and destroys lives. There are many different substances that can be and are abused everyday. In Philadelphia throughout 2012 a survey on drugabuse.com found that alcohol, heroin, marijuana, and cocaine ranked as the most frequently used substances with heroin and cocaine ranking with an increased use. When someone is in the grips of an addiction they have lost the power in choice of whether to use or not, their brain tells them they have to have the substance. This is because the person who is a addicted has given their brain and increased amount of dopamine with the repeated use of drugs and the glutamate in the brain has stored that “feeling” it into memory creating the desire for the addict to have more. It is an important step for someone with an addiction to enter into some form of treatment. Doing it alone or “cold turkey” can be difficult and even fatal. The medical examiner’s office reported that 54.8% of fatalities in Philadelphia were caused by Heroin/Morphine. Going through a medical detox and a drug/alcohol treatment program can really increase someone’s chances of long-term recovery.
A survey from the National Institute of Drug Abuse reported that in Philadelphia 39% of the admissions stated that alcohol was there primary drug of choice. There are many different options for treatment however, studies have shown that inpatient treatment has been more successful than any other option for treatment. Inpatient treatment provides 24/7 support and usually includes a detox period prior to entering the residential aspect of treatment. There are varying lengths of stay for an inpatient treatment. It also provides various therapies, groups and medication management. Outpatient services offer support on scheduled days throughout the week, addiction education, and accountability. Addiction is considered a disease and like many diseases it can be managed if treated properly and the sufferer can experience a fulfilling life after drugs/alcohol.
Considering receiving treatment for your drug or alcohol abuse in Philadelphia? Think about consider traveling to another city or state for treatment. Traveling for treatment gets a substance abuser away from the temptations and negative situations that can lead them to relapse.
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On many occasions, people may feel alone in their journey of recovery. However, it is imperative to recognize that you are not alone in the recovery process. Local support groups and meetings are available for you to meet with people with similar struggles and needs; providing motivation for staying abstinent and able to recognize and cope with potential relapse triggers. Joining a 12-step program can also greatly enhance your chances of a successful recovery. Many recovering addicts credit the 12-steps as the reason to their recovery. The 12-steps teaches accountability as well as making amends for harms caused when using. Another core tenet is calling upon a higher power in overcoming addiction.
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