Not too long ago, the words “alcoholic” and “drug addict” might have been defined by a middle- aged individual who had lost all that was important to them – their job, family, possessions – and the result was a life spent at the bottom of a bottle or with a needle in their arm. However, the face of addiction has changed and today the alcoholic or addict could be a family member, community leader, teacher and even a child.
Times Have Changed
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, as much as 20 percent of the population in the U.S. has untreated addictions. Families with a history of alcohol and drug abuse are 50 to 90 percent more likely to have addiction issues. Half a century ago the average age of an individual to begin alcohol consumption was 18 year of age and in the 21st century that has dropped alarmingly to nine years of age.
Out of Sight…Out of Mind
In the past, addiction has been stigmatized in such a way that shame and fear led society to ostracize the person struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. The main reason for this “out of sight, out of mind’ mentality is largely due to the fact that society as a whole did not fully understand addiction and as a result was not equipped to deal with the addict and alcoholic.
The More We Know
For many years the idea that substance abuse was a choice that the person made and at any time they could stop using on their own, but those views are changing. Research has discovered that addiction is not so much a choice but more genetic predisposition. Combined with inadequate coping skills and the propensity for addiction is increased. Understanding how addiction can come to fruition in an individual’s life opens the possibility for overcoming it. Whereas in the past, it was a cultural norm to ridicule the individual into more acceptable behavior today a new norm is beginning to emerge: to encourage treatment.
Blinding Glare of Denial
One of the most common stumbling blocks to getting help for addiction is denial. Families will deny that their loved one has a substance abuse problem. At the same time friends and colleagues will make excuses for the person claiming that they are under a lot of stress. Getting past denial and choosing not to ignore or excuse the behavior is a critical step in overcoming addiction.
Dealing with Addiction
Addiction is not a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play and not just the family, but friends and co-workers as well. Addiction affects everyone in the life of the addict. When friends and family gets involved, through encouragement and support, the likeliness for a successful recovery is increased. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.